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what is it called when a sentence uses had had together
 

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  • What is a sentence which uses had had called?

Good question!

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erica said:
what is it called when a sentence uses had had together

He had had lunch before I got there!

'had' + 'had lunch'

'had' is the past perfect aspect and 'had lunch' is the verb phrase to have lunch.

When the verb 'to have' is expressed in the past perfect, it looks like this,

...had had...

The first 'had' is the prefect aspect and the second 'had' is the past tense form of the verb 'to have'.

In short,

had had

had (perfect aspect) had (past tense verb)

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I had had to stutter because I had had no other choice. :wink:

I had done what I had had to do.

What do you call the above sentences, Cas? Tdol?

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Casiopea said:
erica said:
what is it called when a sentence uses had had together

He had had lunch before I got there!

'had' + 'had lunch'

'had' is the past perfect aspect and 'had lunch' is the verb phrase to have lunch.

When the verb 'to have' is expressed in the past perfect, it looks like this,

...had had...

The first 'had' is the prefect aspect and the second 'had' is the past tense form of the verb 'to have'.

In short,

had had

had (perfect aspect) had (past tense verb)

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Thanks, Cas

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I've been told that this sort of construction may be called epizeuxis. ;-)
 

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Not convinced on thast score. ;-)
 

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That's what I meant, though my keyboard skills made me incomprehensible. ;-)
 

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Cas, thank you! As usual, you have come up with the goods. That is a superb page. ;-)
 

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Red5 said:
Cas, thank you! As usual, you have come up with the goods. That is a superb page. ;-)

Great page, huh? Or should I say "eh" being Candian and all? I doubt there's a special term for had had, that is, aside from Past Perfect.

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