Re: Have Had, Had Have (Was Re: Posting limits)
|From:||Tristan Mc Leay <kesuari@...>|
|Date:||Tuesday, July 13, 2004, 10:53|
David Peterson wrote:
> Tristan wrote:
> <<(If Philip had've
> said 'Rhode Island', I would've had no trouble, so it'd be more like
> some oißlender not knowing where NT---the Northern Territory---was. But
> even then, that wouldn't worry me.>>
> I'm not sure if you realized you wrote this, or if it was an accident,
> but you just gave me some evidence of something I say exists,
I certainly didn't start writing by saying 'I want to use two modal
haves'. I never realised it was an issue, I just said something that
meant what I wanted to say.
> no one in the department believes exist: Using *two* modal "have"'s.
> I do it often when I say something like, "I would've had to've had eaten".
That's getting a shade bizarre. Seems like someone's trying to be extra
complicated :) W/out the second 'had' and I could pass it, though.
> And above you wrote: "If Philip had've said..."
Well, I don't think I used two model 'haves' there. I think the first
time, i used a modal have, and the second time is used -'ve. I'm sure
the fact that -'ve is often spelt as 'of' suggests *something*.
In 'would've had', I don't think it's a modal so I'm assuming it's not
an issue here :)
>The intention is (I
> (1) To reference a time in the past; (2) with respect to that time in
> the past,
> to reference a time *further*in the past; and (3) within *that* time frame,
> reference a completed action, with respect to the second time frame. Is
> that right?
Well, to me, it was clearly past hypothetical (or whatever the proper
name for that is... subjunctive?). I think 'if' crops up all the time
with 'had've'. Certainly seems more natural than the alternative without
the -'ve. So:
(1) to reference a time in the past; (2) with respect to that time in
the past, to reference an event that could've but didn't happen.
BTW: try googling for had've (5020), "had of", "had have" etc.
(w/quotes). You might find something useful---but not all the time!)
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