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Difference Between Had and Have

Had vs Have

Have and Had are two auxiliary verbs in English language that should be used with difference. They have different usages too. The auxiliary verb ‘have’ is used in the case of ‘present perfect’ tense. On the other hand, the auxiliary verb ‘had’ is used in the case of ‘past perfect’ tense. This is the main difference between the two auxiliary verbs, namely, have and had.

Observe the two sentences,

1. I have come to see you.

2. You have given me a book yesterday.

In both the sentences, you can find that the auxiliary verb ‘have’ is used in the present perfect tense. Moreover it is used either with the first person or with the second person. It is important to know that the auxiliary verb ‘have’ cannot be used with the third person. It is substituted with the verb ‘had’.

On the other hand, the auxiliary verb ‘had’ is used in the case of the first person, second person and third person past perfect tense. Observe the three sentences,

1. I had a bad dream last night.

2. You had given up the idea long back.

3. She had come here several years ago.

In all the three sentences, you can find that the auxiliary verb ‘had’ is used in the case of the past perfect tense of the first person, second person and third person respectively. It is interesting to note that the verb ‘have’ is also used in the formation of questions such as ‘have you been to London before?’ In this sentence, the verb ‘have’ is used in the formation of a question.

On the other hand, ‘had’ has a peculiar usage as in the sentence ‘had you been late we would have missed the train’. These are the important differences between the two verbs have and had.


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