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    Grammar

    A,' I have to tell you sth.'
    B,' What?'
    A,' I had a baby.'

    I heard this from an American movie. I wonder why it is not "I have a baby"? Please.

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    Re: Grammar

    Quote Originally Posted by puzzle View Post
    A,' I have to tell you sth.'
    B,' What?'
    A,' I had a baby.'

    I heard this from an American movie. I wonder why it is not "I have a baby"? Please.
    Simply, It is past simple.


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    Re: Grammar

    I can see your confusion. "I had a baby", would seem to indicate that she had possession, but no longer does. Whereas "I have a baby" indicates ongoing possession. However "I had a baby" does not refer to possession, but to the act of giving birth, which is clearly not ongoing. Thus the speaker is not indicating the loss of possession of said baby.

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    Re: Grammar

    Thank you!

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