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    had or had had

    Hello there,


    Could you please tell me whether the following sentence is correct.

    (A) They were thrown out of the hotel because they had had too much to drink.

    Why ‘had had’ is used there? What is the difference in meaning if I say:

    (B) They were thrown out of the hotel because they had too much to drink.

    Usage of ‘had had’ is confusing me. A little bit of explanation would be helpful.
    Thanks

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    Re: had or had had

    Quote Originally Posted by nansdomain View Post
    Hello there,


    Could you please tell me whether the following sentence is correct.

    (A) They were thrown out of the hotel because they had had too much to drink.

    Why ‘had had’ is used there? What is the difference in meaning if I say:

    (B) They were thrown out of the hotel because they had too much to drink.

    Usage of ‘had had’ is confusing me. A little bit of explanation would be helpful.
    Thanks
    A is correct, even though "had had" looks strange. The first "had" is an auxiliary verb indicating the past perfect. The second "had" is the past participle of the main verb "have".

    B is also acceptable. The context makes it very clear that the drinking preceded the eviction. So the simple past "had" is fine for me.


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    Re: had or had had

    Oh..yes..I got it... Thank you Mike.

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    Re: had or had had

    Quote Originally Posted by nansdomain View Post
    Oh..yes..I got it... Thank you Mike.
    You're welcome.

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