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  1. Newbie
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    Like to know when to use these verbs

    Hi

    I encounter such verbs in a single sentence like

    " He has had done this."
    "They have had done this."
    "They had had done this."

    My question is in which circumstanced do we use this. Is it past participle or something different?

    Thanks


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    Re: Like to know when to use these verbs

    Welcome to the forums.

    This is the past perfect:


    Past Perfect - Glossary Definition - UsingEnglish.com

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    Re: Like to know when to use these verbs

    Quote Originally Posted by anba123 View Post
    Hi

    I encounter such verbs in a single sentence like

    " He has had done this."
    "They have had done this."
    "They had had done this."

    My question is in which circumstanced do we use this. Is it past participle or something different?

    Thanks
    'He has had....' and 'they have had...,' are present perfect tense which uses the verb 'to have' in the present tense plus the past participle of the main verb. For example 'he has written a letter'; 'they have been to Australia'. It is used to describe something that happened at an unspecified time in the past which has relevance in the present.
    'They had had....' is past perfect, the verb 'to have' in past tense with the past participle of the main verb; it is used to describe something which happened at an unspecified time in the past, before something else happened. For example 'They had had breakfast when I arrived'.

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    Re: Like to know when to use these verbs

    Hi

    Thanks a lot. It is clearer now

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    Re: Like to know when to use these verbs

    What may sound a little misleading is the double past participle in the examples you provided. (why? I HAVE HAD DONE?????)
    Here are a few more examples.

    I have done something (present perfect simple)
    I have been doing something (present perfect continuous)
    I had done something (past perfect)
    I had been doing something (past perfect continuous)
    I will have done something (future perfect)
    I will have been doing something (future perfect continuous)

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    Re: Like to know when to use these verbs

    Quote Originally Posted by anba123 View Post
    Hi

    I encounter such verbs in a single sentence like

    " He has had done this."
    "They have had done this."
    "They had had done this."

    My question is in which circumstanced do we use this. Is it past participle or something different?

    Thanks
    No, you can't say any of those sentences.
    You can say "He had had" or "He had done", but not "He had had done" - unless I am missing something very basic that your other respondents haven't commented on (apart from wace's suggestion that you may have asked the wrong question).
    Last edited by Raymott; 04-Jul-2009 at 02:25.

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