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    Is it OK to use the "did you have * yet?" construction?

    For example "Did you have your first salary yet?" or "Did you have a breakfast yet?"

    Would it be considered as a mistake, if you use these constructions in the essay?

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    Re: Is it OK to use the "did you have * yet?" construction?

    Did you get your first salary yet?, not did you have.
    Did you have breakfast yet?, not a breakfast.


    Quote Originally Posted by Barton
    Would it be considered as a mistake, if you use these constructions in the essay?
    Yes and no. It depends on the intructor. Here's one teacher's point of view:
    If you add "yet" to the end of the sentence, it means that you are expecting that something (has) happened, or will soon happen. For example: "Have you had any French lessons yet?"


    Usage:
    Americans and Canadians often use the simple past tense instead of the present perfect. However, the tense is still often used

    • in British speech
    • in formal writing or speaking, and
    • to emphasize that something not only happened but is still true.
    In short, if it's an essay, then it's considered "formal writing", so past perfect have got or have had is recommended.

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