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i want to have the usage of have had, had have and had had together.
 

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Welcome to the forum.

Please read some other posts to see how the forum works. Your question is far too general. You can find that information in good grammar textbooks. After studying the usage, you can ask us to explain things you still don't understand. You will need to give specific examples and full sentences.
 

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i wa toread and write Thai at an earlier stage in my lifeead and write Thai at an earlier stage in my life. read and write Thai at an earlier stage in my life. have the usage of have had, had have and had had together.

Hi Nusrat

First, a request, as per the forum rules, for you to include part of your query in the thread subject. It helps responders considerably if you include, say, "have had/had have" in the subject.

With regards to your actual query, as an NES, but not a teacher, my usage would be as follows - I would leave the teachers to define the corresponding rules and to advise if my version works for them:

1. I have had few better opportunities to learn to read and write Thai at an earlier stage in my life.
2. I wish that I had have been able to learn to read and write Thai at an earlier stage in my life. (?)
3. I wish I had had the opportunity to read and write Thai at an earlier stage in my life.

I'm not fully sure whether number 2 is correct - I would have probably omitted the word have in normal conversation.

Hope this helps.
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1. I have had few better opportunities to learn to read and write Thai at an earlier stage in my life.
2. I wish that I had have been able to learn to read and write Thai at an earlier stage in my life. (?)
3. I wish I had had the opportunity to read and write Thai at an earlier stage in my life.
#1 is unlikely.
We normally use a past tense with a past time.
#2 is incorrect. Although some native speakers us 'had have', most teachers and writers consider it to be unacceptable.
 

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#lis unlikely.
We normally use a past tense with a past time.
#2 is incorrect. Although some native speakers us 'had have', most teachers and writers consider it to be unacceptable.

Yes, as mentioned, like 5jj, I was a little concerned over the acceptability of #2, but had heard it spoken by NES's.

Expanding on #1, would the following addition make #1 more acceptable?

1. ........... in my life than I have had in the past 3 months.

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Could another possibilty, for #1, be:

I have had few opportunities to learn to read and write Thai over the past few months.

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Could another possibilty, for #1, be:

I have had few opportunities to learn to read and write Thai over the past few months.

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There's nothing wrong with that sentence.
 

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ps. Wecome back R21. We've missed you.
 

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ps. Wecome back R21. We've missed you.

Cheers!
I got a Note II for xmas!
It makes it a lot easier to access the web.
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