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    Smile Had Had

    I'm having problem with the following sentence

    " He believed that he could accomplish these ambitions in America, but first he had had to adjust to this new lifestyle."

    I'm not sure if I should use "had had" or only "had".

    Thank you!!

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    Re: Had Had

    Disclaimer: I'm not a teacher.

    Don't use "had had". "Had had" would mean that it was after adjusting to his new lifestyle in America that he grew to believe he could accomplish his ambitions.

    You can say either "...but first he had to adjust..." or "...but first he would have to adjust...".

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    Re: Had Had

    Quote Originally Posted by Unregistered View Post
    I'm having problem with the following sentence

    " He believed that he could accomplish these ambitions in America, but first he had had to adjust to this new lifestyle."

    I'm not sure if I should use "had had" or only "had".

    Thank you!!
    In this sentence, say: "...he had to adjust...."

    If the sentence began "He had believed...," then "...had had to adjust..." would be right.

    Funny language, huh?

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    [I edit copy and have tutored college writing.]

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