present tense or past tense

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Winwin2011

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I heard the following dialogues from a moive called "The Terminal":

A: I guess you missed your flight again. Or may be you have a bad travel agent.

The word in bold i.e "have" is a present tense. I wonder is it correct to use "had" in the above context.

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Both are possible, but they mean different things - as you'd expect with different tenses.
 

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Both are possible, but they mean different things - as you'd expect with different tenses.

Thanks, 5jj.

In the following context, do we use "Maybe you have a bad travel agent.", the present tense?

(You cannot get on the plane due to the bad arrangement of the travel agent and you are still waiting at the airport.)

A passenger talked to you: Maybe you have a bad travel agent.
 
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We could also use 'had'. It depends whether we are thinking of the person addressed as having a regular travel agent, or as merely having used one for purchasing the ticket for this flight.
 

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Exactly. I have a travel agent. It's the same lady I use for all my business travel.
 
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