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    had tattooed

    1) I had tattooed on my hand the letter B.

    Can't this mean three things:

    a) The letter B had been tattooed there. One could imagine a context where it was tattooed without my wanting it.
    When I woke up I noticed that I had tattooed on my hand the letter B. My kidnappers must have done it.


    b) I had tattooed the letter B on my hand myself.

    c) I had had someone else tattoo the letter B on my hand.


    I am pretty sure it can mean 'a' and 'b', but I am not sure it could mean 'c'.

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    Navi.

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    #2

    Re: had tattooed

    All three scenarios are possible.
    I am not a teacher.

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    #3

    Re: had tattooed

    I thought scenario c) should be "I had had the letter B tattooed on my hand."
    Last edited by kilroy65; 18-Mar-2016 at 18:16. Reason: Changing verb tense

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