HAS HAD, HAVE HAD, and HAD HAD

Have is one of the verbs that can be used as an auxiliary verb and as well as a main verb. As an auxiliary verb, we use it in Present perfect tense and Present perfect continuous tense.

Look at the examples below:

  • I have studied English a lot.
  • My friends have helped me a lot.
  • They have been doing it for a long time.

In these examples, have is working as an auxiliary verb (helping verb).

As a main verb, have gives the following meanings: eat, take, drink, possess, experience, etc.

Look at the following examples:

  • I have a beautiful puppy.
  • They have my number.
  • You can have this sandwich?
  • I can’t have chicken today.
  • Let’s have some drinks.
  • I have fun doing this.

In the above examples, have is used as a main verb meaning take, drink, eat or possess.

The past and the participle form of have is “had.” Look at the following examples:

  • I had breakfast already. (past tense)
  • She had a lot of drinks last night. (past tense)
  • I have had a lot of bad experiences. (past participle)
  • They had had the food before we reached there. (past participle)

So, when has had, have had, and had had are used together, the first verb is the auxiliary verb, and the second one is the main verb.

Has had, have had, and had had

Subjects used with has had, have had, and had had

HAS HADHe, she, it & all singular noun names (Singular subject)
HAVE HADI, you, we & they & all plural noun names (Plural subject)
HAD HADBoth singular and plural subjects
Subjects used with has had, have had, and had had

Examples of has had, have had, and had had

Has had examples:

  • She isn’t coming for lunch. She has had lunch already.
  • Ron has had enough alcohol. Take him to his place.
  • Tony hasn’t had any sleep since yesterday. Let him rest for some time.
  • He‘s had great experiences working as a trainer here.

We use HAS HAD in Present perfect tense when the main verb is HAVE. HAS, here, is an auxiliary verb, and HAD is the past participle of HAVE.

Contraction:

  • He had had = he’d had
  • She had had = she’d had
  • Jon has had = Jon’s had

Have had examples:

  • I have had enough rest. Let get back to work now.
  • Jon and I have had amazing success recently.
  • You have had many trips this year.
  • I‘ve had these pancakes many times.
  • They’ve had terrible experiences with the company.
  • Have you had anything yet?

We use HAVE HAD in Present perfect tense when the main verb is HAVE. HAVE, here, is an auxiliary verb, and HAD is the past participle of HAVE.

Contraction:

  • I have had = I’ve had
  • We have had = we’ve had
  • They have had = they’ve had
  • You have had = you’ve had

Had had examples:

  • They had had the food before we reached.
  • She‘d had enough before we could stop her.
  • Had he had the car fixed before it got dark?
  • Before the canteen opened, we’d had the lunch at a Chinese restaurant.

We use HAD HAD in Past perfect tense when the main verb is HAVE. HAD, here, is an auxiliary verb, and HAD is the past participle of HAVE.

Contraction:

  • I had had = I’d had
  • He had had = he’d had
  • She had had = she’d had
  • We had had = we’d had
  • They had had = they’d had
  • You had had = you’d had

We can also use adverbs between has had, have had, and had had

  • I’ve just had the drink you had sent.
  • He has recently had a life changing encounter with a beggar.
  • Before she turned 25, she‘d never had a man in her life.
  • You‘ve just had a bottle down your throat; you can’t have it anymore.

Now you know how to use has had, have had, and had had in English. Now you know these are verb phrases where the first one is an auxiliary verb (helping), and the second one is a main verb.

Practice set!

  1. He ____ raw food multiple times. (has had, have had, had had)
  2. My friend Mangesh ___ many affairs in his life. (has had, have had, had had)
  3. They ___ eaten dinner before I joined them. (has had, have had, had had)
  4. She ____ enough sleep when she drove back to her office. (hasn’t had, haven’t had, hadn’t had)
  5. I ____ a lot drinks last night. (has had, have had, had had)
  6. She ___ food before 10 pm. (has had, have had, had had)
  7. ___ you ___ these kababs before? (has had, have had, had had)
  8. ___ he ___ enough sleep before he went back to work? (has had, have had, had had)

Answers:

  1. He has had raw food multiple times.
  2. My friend Mangesh has had many affairs in his life.
  3. They had had dinner before I joined them.
  4. She hadn’t had enough sleep when she drove back to her office.
  5. I had had a lot drinks last night.
  6. She had had food before 10 pm.
  7. Have you had these kababs before?
  8. Had he had enough sleep before he went back to work?
Use of has had, have had, and had had in English

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