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    When have you had your first child?

    Hello,

    My daughter´s teacher says that the question: "When have you had your first child?" is grammatically correct. It sounds wrong to me. Is it right or wrong? Can you please explain why?

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    Re: Present Perfect

    It's wrong. "When did you have your first child?" is correct.
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    Re: When have you had your first child?

    Welcome to the forum, KMM71.

    I have changed your thread title.

    Extract from the Posting Guidelines:

    'Thread titles should include all or part of the word/phrase being discussed.'

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    Re: When have you had your first child?

    A: Have you had a child?
    B: Yes, I've had three.
    A: When did you have your first child?
    B: 2004.

    Note that I would find the first question more natural as "Do you have any children?" The response to that would be "Yes, I have three".
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: When have you had your first child?

    In addition to my last response, I assume you realise that you could only ask "Have you had a child?" or "Have you had [any] children?" of a woman. In this context, "to have a child" means "to give birth" so of course (despite the wonders of modern technology) is not a possibility for a man. You can ask anyone "Do you have any children?" because it means "Are you a parent?"
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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