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    past tense of have

    Hi there,

    I would like to know if the sentences above are correct:
    had you got a dog?
    you hadn't got a dog
    you had got a dog

    I was in Germany all July or I was in Germany the hole July or I was in Germany the hole month of July. Which one is right?

    Thanks

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    Re: past tense of have

    Did you have a dog?

    You haven't had a dog

    You have had a dog

    I was in Germany throughout (the whole of) July.

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    #3

    Re: past tense of have

    Quote Originally Posted by silviasabater_2000 View Post
    Hi there,

    I would like to know if the sentences above are correct:
    had you got a dog?
    you hadn't got a dog
    you had got a dog

    I was in Germany all July or I was in Germany the hole July or I was in Germany the hole month of July. Which one is right?

    Thanks
    All of your phrases are correct if the past perfect is indicated. One can't tell without more context.

    1. all of July
    2. the whole month of July

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    Re: past tense of have

    Quote Originally Posted by curmudgeon View Post
    Did you have a dog?

    You haven't had a dog

    You have had a dog

    I was in Germany throughout (the whole of) July.
    Do you dislike the past perfect?

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    #5

    Re: past tense of have

    Yes

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    #6

    Re: past tense of have

    Quote Originally Posted by curmudgeon View Post
    Yes
    May the rest of us use it?
    Last edited by MikeNewYork; 16-Nov-2006 at 05:09.

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    #7

    Re: past tense of have

    If you must


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    Re: past tense of have

    Hi there,

    I did not pretend to express sth in the past perfect tense. I just wanted to do it in past simple. It's just that the verb to have doesn't need the auxiliary do for the negative and interrogative forms in the present simple.
    Someone told me that in British English the verb to have doesn't need the auxiliary did for the negative and interrogative forms in the past tense either, so that you could say "Had you a dog?" instead of "Did you have a dog?"

    Sílvia

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    #9

    Re: past tense of have

    Quote Originally Posted by silviasabater_2000 View Post
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    Someone told me that in British English the verb to have doesn't need the auxiliary did for the negative and interrogative forms in the past tense either, so that you could say "Had you a dog?" instead of "Did you have a dog?"

    Sílvia
    Well yes, but Did you have a dog? is much the more common form.

    Another, even less common use of had is in place of if:

    If I had a dog I'd feel safer = Had I a dog I'd feel safer

    This usage is not very common at all in most contexts, but is still often used by public speakers:

    Had we known then what we know now we wouldn't have invaded Iraq.

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    Re: past tense of have

    Hi there,

    Thank you for your reply. So, according to what you said, if I say "Had you a dog? No, I hadn't" is correct but not very common. Is that right?

    Thanks

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