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    Had

    Hi,

    I would like to know why the author uses had + the Reverend at the end of the sentences (colloquial?)

    He had his fancies, too, had the Reverend.

    He had no fancy for change, had the Reverend.

    Walter de la Mare, Crewe, 1936

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    Re: Had

    It's a figure of speech sometimes used to attribute a trait to someone.
    I am not a teacher.

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    Re: Had

    It's emphatic and dated.
    You may hear a similar construction:

    The reverend had his fancies too, so he did.

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