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    they've had

    Is it all right to use they've had together in a sentence.

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    #2

    Re: they've had

    Hi MsNyree

    Perfectly alright in your context.

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    This workshop will explore how teens can avoid the schemes of the enemy and the pitfalls in life that can snatch their dreams away from them before they’ve had a chance to fully discover them.
    Hi Neilly
    Is it OK to use the past perfect tense at that point in the sentence which about the present?
    Wouldn't it have been more appropriate to use 'have'?
    Thank you.

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    Re: they've had

    Quote Originally Posted by tedtmc View Post
    Hi Neilly
    Is it OK to use the past perfect tense at that point in the sentence which about the present?
    Wouldn't it have been more appropriate to use 'have'?
    Thank you.
    Dear Ted,
    It is present perfect-have had.They've had.Perhaps an oversight.
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    #5

    Re: they've had

    Thanks RJ for pointing that out.
    My questions still apply. Care to comment?

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    #6

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    Quote Originally Posted by tedtmc View Post
    Thanks RJ for pointing that out.
    My questions still apply. Care to comment?
    I think 'They have a chance' is proper.
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    #7

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    "...before they’ve had a chance to fully discover "

    Use of the present perfect is correct.

    Leave out 'dreams being snatched away' etc.

    then we have the whole of our lives to discover our dreams. If I don't take the chance today, what the hell, there's always next year - the chance to do so is always open - 'I have the chance to do it any time I like.'

    But then the government/vatican/archangel Gabriel steps in and stops all this 'discovering your dreams' business. I protest. "I haven't had/taken my chance to discover my dreams yet - I was going to do it next year."
    Too late. Substitute "schemes of the enemy' and 'pitfalls' snatching that chance away, and then it would also be too late - the enemy snatched it away before I had had the chance to discover dreams and the chance is no longer available. So, the moral is:
    "Don't let this happen to you before you have had /you've had the chance to discover your dreams."
    = present perfect tense.

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    Re: they've had

    Quote Originally Posted by David L. View Post
    "...before they’ve had a chance to fully discover "

    Use of the present perfect is correct.

    Leave out 'dreams being snatched away' etc.

    then we have the whole of our lives to discover our dreams. If I don't take the chance today, what the hell, there's always next year - the chance to do so is always open - 'I have the chance to do it any time I like.'

    But then the government/vatican/archangel Gabriel steps in and stops all this 'discovering your dreams' business. I protest. "I haven't had/taken my chance to discover my dreams yet - I was going to do it next year."
    Too late. Substitute "schemes of the enemy' and 'pitfalls' snatching that chance away, and then it would also be too late - the enemy snatched it away before I had had the chance to discover dreams and the chance is no longer available. So, the moral is:
    "Don't let this happen to you before you have had /you've had the chance to discover your dreams."
    = present perfect tense.
    Thanks David L. A nice piece of explanation.

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