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    #1

    I had a bit of a headache since I woke

    Is the following sentence grammatically correct? I thought we should always use perfect tenses in sentences like that (to show how long a person has had a headache).
    I had a bit of a headache since I woke.
    If I were a native speaker of English, I would never shut up. :-)

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    #2

    Re: I had a bit of a headache since I woke

    You're right. It's incorrect.

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    #3

    Re: I had a bit of a headache since I woke

    You're close, Englishhobby. Because "since" tells us that you still have the headache, I'd say something more like: "I've had a bit of a headache ever since I woke up."

    It can either be I have had (I've had) or I had had (I'd had). If it happened today and you still have the headache, use the present version.
    I'm not a teacher. I speak American English. I've tutored writing at the University of Southern Maine and have done a good deal of copy editing and writing, occasionally for publication.

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