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    had had

    The young man was also puzzled because he did not know that brother had had his hair cut this morning.

    Is 'had had' correctedly used? If so, why should there be two "had's"?

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    Re: had had

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    It's fine-- past perfect of the main verb, have. In this case, it is the coercive verb (have, make, let + bare infinitive). A couple of examples:

    I had had my car washed only three times when the paint started coming off.
    She had had a good time at every party until the one last Saturday night
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    Re: had had

    Quote Originally Posted by kohyoongliat View Post
    The young man was also puzzled because he did not know that [his] brother had had his hair cut this morning.

    Is 'had had' correctedly used? If so, why should there be two "had's"?
    More examples,

    present: have a coffee
    past: had a coffee
    present perfect: has had a coffee
    past perfect: had had a coffee

    have a haircut
    have a shave
    have a break
    have a good day
    have a baby
    have a meal
    etc...

    All the best.

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    Re: had had

    Thank you very much for your detailed lucid reply.

    With warmest wishes

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    Re: had had

    You're most welcome, kohyoongliat.

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