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    HOW MANY HADs CAN BE USED IN A SENTENCE

    How many HADs can be used in a sentence. Can you give an example of such maximum usage.


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    Re: HOW MANY HADs CAN BE USED IN A SENTENCE

    The example given is:
    James, while John had had "had", had had "had had"; "had had" had had a better effect on the teacher.


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    Re: HOW MANY HADs CAN BE USED IN A SENTENCE

    Quote Originally Posted by SUDHKAMP View Post
    How many HADs can be used in a sentence. Can you give an example of such maximum usage.
    How about this one, from "Wikipedia":
    James while John had had had had had had had had had had had a better effect on the teacher

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    "James while John had had had had had had had had had had had a better effect on the teacher" is an English sentence demonstrating lexical ambiguity. The sentence is often given as a word puzzle for which one must find the proper punctuation to give it meaning.[1]


    The phrase can be understood more clearly by adding punctuation and quotation marks as follows:
    James, while John had had "had", had had "had had";
    "had had" had had a better effect on the teacher.[2]
    The meaning could thus be rendered, after some reordering and changing a few words, "While John had used "had", James had used "had had". The teacher preferred "had had"."

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