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    has had to go

    Ken's had an accident at work and he's had to go to hospital.

    The above sentence comes from LONGMAN. My questions are:
    1. Is he in hospital now or is he on the way to hospital?
    2. What's the difference between 'Ken's had an accident at work and he's had to go to hospital' and 'Ken's had an accident at work and he had to go to hospital' and Ken's had an accident at work and he's been sent to hospital'?

    Could I ask native speakers to help me please? Thank you in advance.
    Last edited by joham; 12-Jan-2009 at 04:15. Reason: one sentence added.


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    Re: has had to go

    Quote Originally Posted by joham View Post
    Ken's had an accident at work and he's had to go to hospital.

    (Not a native but very good (and humble))
    The above sentence comes from LONGMAN. My questions are:
    1. Is he in hospital now or is he on the way to hospital?
    2. What's the difference between 'Ken's had an accident at work and he's had to go to hospital' and 'Ken's had an accident at work and he had to go to hospital' and Ken's had an accident at work and he's been sent to hospital'?

    Could I ask native speakers to help me please? Thank you in advance.
    Compare:
    Ken has (just) had an accident. He was/has been taken to hospital.
    I like it more with was: tense simplification.

    It means Ken is in hospital.
    ------
    KEn has had an accident. He is being taken to the hospital now.
    Or
    He is on his way to the hospital."

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    Quote Originally Posted by joham View Post
    Ken's had an accident at work and he's had to go to hospital.

    The above sentence comes from LONGMAN. My questions are:
    1. Is he in hospital now or is he on the way to hospital?
    2. What's the difference between 'Ken's had an accident at work and he's had to go to hospital' and 'Ken's had an accident at work and he had to go to hospital' and Ken's had an accident at work and he's been sent to hospital'?

    Could I ask native speakers to help me please? Thank you in advance.
    Ken's had an accident at work and he's had to go to hospital. Here 'have to' is conjugated as a regular verb with auxillary verb "has". So the sentence is in the present perfect . Consequently, it indicates a completed action.
    1. So the action of going to hospital is complete. Now he may be there or man be there.
    2. 'Ken's had an accident at work and he had to go to hospital' The highlighted sentence is in the simple past. So Ken went to hospital but he is not there now.
    Ken's had an accident at work and he's been sent to hospital. The highlighted sentence is in the passive form. So ken might be on way to hospital or have reached the hospital.


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    Re: has had to go

    thanks for your precious information regarding "has had to" and "had to" and i feel like ask one more thing that how can we use this in continuous form like if i say" ken has had an accident at work and now " he has to be going to hospital"

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    Quote Originally Posted by majesticsania View Post
    thanks for your precious information regarding "has had to" and "had to" and i feel like ask one more thing that how can we use this in continuous form like if i say" ken has had an accident at work and now " he has to be going to hospital"
    Ken has had an accident at work and now " he has to be going to hospital." The structure of the high highted sentence is incorrect. You can say: now he is going to hospital. (continious - active)
    now he is being taken to hospital (continuous - passive)

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    Re: has had to go

    "Ken has had an accident at work and now he is going to hospital."

    This means that he is about to go, or is on his way to hospital.

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    Re: has had to go

    Quote Originally Posted by joham View Post
    Ken's had an accident at work and he's had to go to hospital.
    Hi, you guys. I tried comprehending it in this way:

    Ken's had an accident at work. =Ken has had an accident at work:Ken had an accident at work and he is injured now.
    and he's had to go to hospital.=and he has had to go to hospital: he keeps in a state where he has to go to hospital.


    I'd like you to correct the mistakes, if any.


    Thank you so much.


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    Re: has had to go

    Ken had an accident at work and had to go to hospital. (a succession of actions in the past)

    Ken had an accident at work and has had to go to hospital.
    (he is either in hospital now or on his way to hospital).

    Ken has had an accident and has had to go to hospital. - doesn't sound good to me.

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