Wednesday, 7 September 2011

Past historic. Future tense.


In a recent English exam, a question sought the students' knowledge of the past historic tense by asking whether "had" or "had had" was appropriate in a particular sentence.

Jones, where Smith had had "had", had had "had had". "Had Had" had had the examiner's approval.


14 comments:

Tim said...

Large hadron collision?

(BTW, I almost typed an anagram of 'hadron' there.)

Rog said...

Tim: Help me Rhonda? Lily is quite close to the Higgs Boson near the back fence by the coal bunker.

Sarah said...

Lily looks very pretty !

Geoff said...

If only Smith had had asked his dad dad.

Rog said...

Sarah: And she doesn't REALIZE it!!!

Geoff: The Smiths are past historic and knew little of the finer points of grammar. Girlfriend in a comma.

Tim said...

No, much easier (and ruder). But thank you for prompting me to put on 'Summer Days (and Summer Nights!!)

Z said...

I suppose that Lily is perfect and Oz is imperfect, and that you are tense?

Rog said...

Tom: the bad guys know us so they leave us alone. Never happened in North Kent.

Z: Lily is a gift and lives in the present.

Macy said...

Great photo of the Lilypooch.

Mind you she looks ready to snap if she hears one more bad pun

Rog said...

Macy: I think you may be referring to yourself!

Scarlet Blue said...

Or 'ad, 'ad in north Kent speak.
I still miss Dave.
Sx

Nota Bene said...

I think we've been had

Rog said...

Scarlet: You missed your opportunity in the haystack. Now it's Macy's turn. Move on.

Nota: Two hads are better than one.

john.g. said...

Had I had had any sense, I shouldn't write this!