How to use ‘Have Had’ and ‘Has Had’ correctly in English Grammar?

Are you confused about how to use have had and has had correctly in English? In this English Grammar lesson with Rachna clear your confusion between these verbs. Have is one of the auxiliary verbs that can be used in place of the main verb. The present perfect form of have is have had. Students are often confused with these kind of sentence structures, today clear your doubts in one English lesson with example sentences.

Complete Lesson Transcript : –

Hi friends, I feel a little lazy right now, that’s because “I have just had my lunch”, well, did you hear what I just said? ‘I have just had my lunch’, and yes well this is what today’s lesson is all about, “using have had and has had” in English. So this lesson is for all the subscribers who have kept requesting for this lesson and tell us how we use ‘have had’ in English, so well this is for all of you out there. Now first let’s understand, you can use, “has had” and “have had” in English, okay? It is absolutely correct. You can use the structure in these ways. Now first before we understand examples and the usage of ‘have had’, let’s understand how do we get this have had, okay? Now I’ve put a small sentence here, “I eat my lunch”, okay? Supposing I tell you I eat my lunch and the same thing I can say using have where have place the main verb of eating, it replaces the verb eating and you say, “I have my lunch”, okay? Now if you notice, both these sentences are in the simple present, okay? Now supposing if I put it in the continuous, you get, “I am eating”, alright? ‘I am eating’ where ‘eat’ goes in the ‘ing’ and you have a supporting verb ‘am’, eating this is your present continuous. Now instead of saying, ‘I’m eating’ I can also say, ‘I’m having my lunch right now’, right? Where ‘have’ is replacing, ‘eating’. So I do the same thing, I put, “I am having my lunch right now, I’ll call you later”, right? So this is what I do in the present continuous. Now if I have to put it in the present perfect, I’m going to say, “I…” well do you remember ‘present perfect tense’? The verb goes in the ‘past participle’ form, so you have eaten, okay? And remember you always use a supporting verb, ‘have’ in the present perfect tense and then it is, “I have eaten”, that means the action is completed. Now the same way how I put this verb in the past participle, I’m going to do exactly the same thing here, so ‘I’ okay, the third form of this ‘have’ is ‘had’, so you say ‘had’, right? Now to make it a present perfect tense, you always use ‘have’ and this is where I get my, “have had”. So, well have had is nothing but the present perfect tense, okay? Now we’re going to take a look at some sentences and see when you can use ‘have had’ or ‘has had’ in a sentence. So as you just learned, ‘have had’ is nothing but the present perfect tense. Now let’s see how do we use them in sentences, my first one, “they have had three chocolates today.” So, well ‘have had’ your means, ‘they have eaten’, okay? And why am I using a present perfect tense? Because the action is completed but the time, ‘today’, is not completed. So, “they ‘have had’ three chocolates today”, okay? Now well you can use ‘have’ as a main verb and you want to say ‘have lunch’, ‘have a meal’, ‘have breakfast’, ‘have a small argument’, ‘have a chat’, ‘have a word with someone’, ‘have opportunity’ ‘have a good sleep’, ‘have some time to yourself’, right? So that is how we use ‘have’ with various things. The next one, “has she ever had Chinese food?” now if you see I’ve used, ‘has’ here, that is because we are talking about the ‘third person singular’. Well friends I hope you remember the rules of a present tense, “I have,” “you have”, “he, she, it has” okay? So it’s the same as ‘have had’ only because of third person, we say ‘has she ever had…’ Now well this is a question, “has she ever had Chinese food?” Now why do we use a present perfect here? Because I want to say so far, till date, ‘has she ever had Chinese food’ and that is how we use ‘had’ again, here to mean has she ever eaten, has she ever tried, has she ever tasted Chinese food, okay? So this is how we use it in the present perfect tense. The next example, “Tom has had a beard for many years” now well ideally, ideally okay, we could, we should be saying, “Tom has been having” right? Because I’m talking about many years, so maybe three years ago, the action started when he grew a beard and till today he has a beard. So we should be saying, ‘has been having’ but like I always tell you, ‘have’ does not take an ‘ing’ form when you talk about possessing something, it never goes in the ing form, so we have no option but to put it in the present perfect tense, to show that an action started in the past and is still continuing till date. So here I say, “Tom has had a beard for many years” so we use ‘have had’ or ‘has had’, when we cannot put ‘have’ which is the main verb in this case, in the ‘ing’ form, to denote that an action has been going on for a long time, so what we do is, we put it in the present perfect tense, remember because ‘have’ does not go in the ‘ing’ form, alright? So here we have another present perfect tense, which is actually trying to express an action that has been happening over a long period of time, so “Tom has had a beard for many years”. Again ‘Tom’ is the third person singular, so we use ‘has’, okay? I hope this is clear. Let’s move on to the next example, “I have had a bad cold for many days”, now imagine last week I had a cold and it’s still there, I feel suffocated, I feel sick, okay? So I’m going to tell you, I have a bad cold. Well again ideally I should be saying, “I have been having…” but ‘have’ does not go with ‘ing’, so I put it in the present perfect tense like this, to show that the action has been happening over a period of time, maybe a few days, few years, few months or few weeks, okay? So “I have had a bad cold for many days.” That means I still have the cold, okay? If I’m just gonna say, “I had a cold” that means I’m fine right now, but what I want to tell you is, ‘I still have a cold’ okay and it’s been there for many days. So that is how I’m going to use ‘have had a bad cold’, okay? And my last example, “By next month I will have had that car for two years” okay now supposing this month, I completed the one year and 11 months using the car, okay but by next month if you see by next month I will be completing two years, so I’m going to tell you, “I will ‘have had” now I have used, ‘have had’ okay but here I’m giving you an example of a future perfect tense so I say, “I will have had” so by next month I will be completing two years of owning this car, so I can’t say, ‘I will have been having’ again because we do not use ‘have’ with the ‘ing’, so I tell you, “I will have had that car for two years”. So this is a future perfect tense. Okay friends, well and this is how you use ‘have had’ in a sentence, so please don’t get confused, it’s very simple, it is nothing but the ‘present perfect tense’. Okay friends, I hope you enjoyed watching this lesson, please do put in your comments and queries if any, I’ll be back soon with a new lesson till then, take care and bye.

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