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    Hi, I'm italian. I have 3 questions:
    I'd like to know if it is possible to use the form: I wish I had had. I mean, I'd like to know if it is correct because for the past perfect I think it is correct to say: I had had.
    the second one is about the verb to warn. If I say: I was warned by not using... is it correct?
    The last one is about the verb to meet. Is it possible to use the verb to meet to refer to a thing that you see for the first time? I mean, if I say: the first time people meet it they think it is too... (For example referred to a new language)
    Thank you very much.

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    Re: wish-warn-meet

    Quote Originally Posted by letmeknow View Post
    hi, i'm italian. I have 3 questions:
    I'd like to know if it is possible to use the form: I wish i had had. I mean, i'd like to know if it is correct because for the past perfect i think it is correct to say: I had had.
    yes, it's correct. But you'd say 'i'd had' except for in formal writing.
    i have plenty of money now, but i wish i'd had it when i was younger.

    the second one is about the verb to warn. If i say: I was warned by not using... Is it correct?
    no.
    i was warned not to use ... (if i understand your context).

    the last one is about the verb to meet. Is it possible to use the verb to meet to refer to a thing that you see for the first time? I mean, if i say: The first time people meet it they think it is too... (for example referred to a new language)
    i'm not sure what you are saying.
    To answer your actual question, no you can't use it to refer to a thing that you see for the first time.

    I met the eiffel tower yesterday. wrong. you only meet people.
    however, the following idiomatic uses are correct:
    I met with an accident.
    That's the first time I've met with that grammar term.

    thank you very much.
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    Re: wish-warn-meet

    Try this from Soup

    James, while John had had "had," had had "had had"; "had had" had had a better effect on the teacher.

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