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    breakfast

    Have you had your breakfast? -- Is this good English?


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    Re: breakfast

    Perfect!

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    Re: breakfast

    Quote Originally Posted by Anglika View Post
    Perfect!
    I use this expression naturally but I just thought why we use "had" here. I learned that we use "had" when expressing two subsequent events and had is with the first thing that happened. Could you please explain?

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    Re: breakfast

    "Had" is used to form the past perfect, as you describe above.
    He had already left home without an umbrella when it started to rain.

    But - "had" is also used as verb all on its own; it's not always a "helping verb."

    As in "I have three cats," or "I am having breakfast."

    So "I have had breakfast already" means "I have eaten." No past perfect.

    [not a teacher]

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