have, has had?

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really have a problem figuring out rules for using "have, has, had" i went through grammar books, the explanation is too lengthy and I could not understand.. could someone help me please / guide me to a very simple rules..

thanks
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Very simple rules?

Present:

I / you / we / they --> have


I have a cat.
he / she / it --> has


He has a dog.
Past:

always had


They had very many pets when they were children.
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Unique73really have a problem figuring out rules for using "have, has, had" i went through grammar books, the explanation is too lengthy and I could not understand.. could someone help me please / guide me to a very simple rules..

thanks

Could you please write some sentences, and, starting from them, we might be able to explain what you don't understand?
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Can any one explain difference between had and did . where can we use HAD and DID.

I had dinner: I think this meaning is I ate dinner .

I did dinner : I think this meaning is I prepared dinner.

other than these where can we use did and had ...

Thanks in advace,

ASREDDY

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Very simple rules?

Present:

I / you / we / they --> have

I have a cat.
he / she / it --> has

He has a dog.
Past:

always had

They had very many pets when they were children.
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Can any one explain difference between had and did . where can we use HAD and DID.

I had dinner: I think this meaning is I ate dinner .

I did dinner : I think this meaning is I prepared dinner.

other than these where can we use did and had ...

Thanks in advace,

ASREDDY
for example; i get confused whether i make the following statements:

i (have or had) attended the meeting this morning !

Jenny (has or had or have) been working with us for the past six years !

I (have or had) prepared the letter to Mr. John !

our organization (has or had) been a leader of the industry !!

again i looked in to grammar books, I found them very confusing.. mayby there are easier guides

thanks in advance
Unique, it seems you are confused with tenses there. Try this guide.

I attended the meeting this morning --> [url=http://www.englishpage.com/verbpage/simplepast.html ]Past Simple[/url]

I have attended the meeting --> [url=http://www.englishpage.com/verbpage/presentperfect.html ]Present Perfect[/url]

I had attended the meeting by the time he came --> [url=http://www.englishpage.com/verbpage/pastperfect.html ]Past Perfect[/url]

Jenny has [you cannot use "have" here] been working with us for the past six years --> [url=http://www.englishpage.com/verbpage/presentperfectcontinuous.html ]Present Perfect Continuous[/url]

Jenny had been working with us for six years when I retired --> [url=http://www.englishpage.com/verbpage/pastperfectcontinuous.html ]Past Perfect Continuous[/url]

I have prepared the letter to Mr. John today --> again Present Perfect

I had prepared the letter to Mr. John when he asked me to give him it --> again Past Perfect

Our organization has been a leader of the industry --> again Present Perfect

Our organization had been a leader of the industry by that time --> again Past Perfect

Hope that helps.
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you are confusing,

1. the part of verbal .

i had dinner. correct!

i ate dinner. wrong!

and

in formal english, "i had dinner" dosen't mean "i ate dinner", but you can say "i ate some meal" or "i ate some meal during the dinner."

2. the difference between present perfect and past perfect tenses

present perfet tense: our organization has been a leader of the industry. nobody knows the exact time of the organization become a leader of the industry. the time is not important. the important is only that the organization has been a leader of the industry this moment and recently.

past perfect tense: our organization had been a leader of the industry. the organization is not a leader of the industry anymore at this moment. the organization was a leader of this industry once upon a time in the past. it doesn't matter when.

you are needed to know and understand concepts each tense.

Tommy



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Not quite .

i had dinner. correct!

i ate dinner. also correct.

and

in formal english, "i had dinner" dosen't mean "i ate dinner", but you can say "i ate some meal" or "i ate some meal during the dinner." I think you are confusing the word 'meal' with 'food' in your example. I ate some food. I ate some food during dinner.

I had dinner does mean that you have eaten dinner.

Examples I had/ate dinner at my mother's house. I had/ate dinner before I came here. I had/ate dinner late last night. Had is the better choice though.
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