When to use:

have + V3

and

Had + v3

I get confused every time I have to use them, and for most of the time I go with have+v3!!

can any one explain for me the difference between them, and when is the right time to use each one? " if you can give me an example" because both of them is used for an action happened at the past!!

Thx my friends, it might be a stupid question Emotion: stick out tongue, but your answers will help a lot Emotion: smile
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Hi,
Here's the very basic idea, in examples.

I have cooked dinner. It's on the table. Come and eat right now. I cooked it at some time in the past, and right now I have the results of the action.

Tom came to visit me at 6pm last Wednesday. I had cooked dinner, so we sat down and ate immediately.
I cooked it at some time in the past before 6pm last Wednesday, and at 6pm last Wednesday I had the results of my action.

Clive
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Thx alot clive Emotion: embarrassed

Well I've always thought the same way, that "had" is used for an action happened in an earlier time at the past, but you've explained it more using the "results"!

I wonder if using " you've explained " above is right though!! Loolz Emotion: stick out tongue I think it's right as I'm having the results now which is a clear understanding!

This is one of the situations I was confused about:

say I lost my mobile yesterday, and I wanted to tell my friend about it today! This action has no results, would I say: I had lost my mobile yesterday??!

This is really a confusing area for me!!!!
Hi,

This is one of the situations I was confused about:

say I lost my mobile yesterday, and I wanted to tell my friend about it today! This action has no results, would I say: I had lost my mobile yesterday??! Just say #1 below.

This is really a confusing area for me!!!!

Here are some choices.
I lost my mobile yesterday. Just states a fact about a specific point in the past. Tells us nothing about the present situation.

I have lost my mobile. At some unspecifed time in the past. The result in the present is that I can't make a phone call.

I couldn't make a phone call this morning because I had lost my mobile.

Clive
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