had have?

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Is it correct to use "had have" in a sentence?
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Hi,

I can't think of a case where you'd use 'had have'. But you can use 'have had' and 'had had'.

Best wishes, Clive
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Is it correct to use "had have" in a sentence?
In a way, you just did! Emotion: smile
No, you cannot use had have. This is the answer to your question as you meant it.

(What you have done in your sentence is mention had have.
It's the difference between use and mention.)

Emotion: geeked
CJ
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CalifJim
Is it correct to use "had have" in a sentence?
In a way, you just did! Emotion: smile
No, you cannot use had have. This is the answer to your question as you meant it.

(What you have done in your sentence is mention had have.
It's the difference between use and mention.)

Emotion: geeked
CJ
I am very poor in english. I don't understand what you are talking. can you please clarify?
Mylakh,

It is not important to understand everything.
Save the answer, and when you learn more English you will understand it better.
The simple answer is: Do not use "had have" in a sentence!
Is that OK?

CJ
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I understand now. Thank You!
MylakhIs it correct to use "had have" in a sentence?
In British English, you sometimes hear this construction:

1. If I had have known, I would have done XYZ.

This is used as an emphatic form of:

2. If I had known, I would have done XYZ.

However, as has been said, "If I had have" is generally considered incorrect.

MrP
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MrPedanticIn British English, you sometimes hear this construction:

1. If I had have known, I would have done XYZ.

This is used as an emphatic form of:

2. If I had known, I would have done XYZ.

However, as has been said, "If I had have" is generally considered incorrect.

MrP

MrP, is "Had I but known, I would have..."/"If I had but known, I ...." correct?

Thanks!

- Joy

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Hello TJ

Yes indeed, both structures are fine:

1. "Had I but known you were coming to London this week, I would have taken time off work to show you the sights."

2. "Did I tell you – I'm coming to London next week. Will you be around?" "Next week? Damn. I have to work all next week. If I had but known..."

Since this use of "but" has a slightly old-fashioned air, you sometimes find these structures used in a humorous way, with mock-formality.

See you,

MrP
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