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    "I went to my friend's house to get a book because I thought he might have had it." I

    "I went to my friend's house to get a book because I thought he might have had it." It means that I am saying that he had book somewhere in the past before I went there to borrow it. I used "I thought" so it indicates that I am going one step back in the past from the time I went there to borrow book that time. So the correct sentence should be "I went to my friends house to get a book because I thought he "might" or "would" have it.


    Please clear my doubt. Did I get it right?
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    Re: "I went to my friend's house to get a book because I thought he might have had it

    Tufguy, one question per thread. Please edit post #1 so that it just leaves the first paragraph and the last line. After you get responses to this post, you can post a new thread for paragraph 2, and then the same again for paragraph 3.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: "I went to my friend's house to get a book because I thought he might have had it

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    Tufguy, one question per thread. Please edit post #1 so that it just leaves the first paragraph and the last line. After you get responses to this post, you can post a new thread for paragraph 2, and then the same again for paragraph 3.
    But those were not questions it is only one question please read it. Okay I have removed other two questions. Please check it.
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    Re: "I went to my friend's house to get a book because I thought he might have had it

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    Tufguy, one question per thread. Please edit post #1 so that it just leaves the first paragraph and the last line. After you get responses to this post, you can post a new thread for paragraph 2, and then the same again for paragraph 3.
    Could you please reply?

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    Re: "I went to my friend's house to get a book because I thought he might have had it

    "I went to my friend's house to get a book because I thought he "might" or "would" have it."

    You can say that. Or "... because I thought he had it." Or "... because I thought he might have had it."


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    Re: "I went to my friend's house to get a book because I thought he might have had it

    I would go to his house because I thought he might have the book. If I thought that he might have had it, I would certainly check to see whether he had got rid of it first.

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    Re: "I went to my friend's house to get a book because I thought he might have had it

    I agree, and the point's taken. I wouldn't go to the house merely because I thought he had (or might have, or might have had) the book either.
    It sounded acceptable last night, but I agree that the blue usage is not standard.

    Part of the problem is contextual. If you have a phone, sure, ring him. If he lives in the next street, and if you think he might have had the book, you could call around and ask where the book is now. Going to his house might be the way to check the whereabouts of the book.

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    Re: "I went to my friend's house to get a book because I thought he might have had it

    Quote Originally Posted by Raymott View Post
    "I went to my friend's house to get a book because I thought he "might" or "would" have it."

    You can say that. Or "... because I thought he had it." Or "... because I thought he might have had it."

    But I was told that "Might have had" is wrong here. It shouldn't be used because it means he had the book but earlier in the past. I am confused.

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    Re: "I went to my friend's house to get a book because I thought he might have had it

    Quote Originally Posted by Tdol View Post
    I would go to his house because I thought he might have the book. If I thought that he might have had it, I would certainly check to see whether he had got rid of it first.
    Sorry, I don't understand.

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    Re: "I went to my friend's house to get a book because I thought he might have had it

    Quote Originally Posted by tufguy View Post
    I am confused.
    You're confused because you won't follow the thread.

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