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Unnecessary use of "had"

Discussion in 'Anything goes' started by wickedwritah, Oct 22, 2006.

  1. wickedwritah

    wickedwritah Guest

    Another grammar pet peeve that likely was brought up in a past thread ...

    It's especially bad with AP and the word "had." "North Korea had been given an ultimatium in August." How about "North Korea was given an ultimatium in August"?

    That's not the best example, but I notice it all the time in AP copy.

    That's all.
  2. zeke12

    zeke12 Guest

    I agree, and I'll do you one better.

    Who gave the ultimatum?

    Active voice is preferred. ;)
  3. wickedwritah

    wickedwritah Guest

    I'm anal about some of this stuff.

    Of course, I barely can figure out when the extra that should be thrown in. I'm still working on it.
  4. TheSportsPredictor

    TheSportsPredictor Well-Known Member

    Necessary use of had:

    You had me at hello.
  5. zeke12

    zeke12 Guest

    I had to finish on her grille.
  6. Garner

    Garner Member

    Had I not clicked on this thread, I would not have had 30 seconds of my life wasted.
  7. Johnny Dangerously

    Johnny Dangerously Well-Known Member

    I hope it's not the one you cook hamburgers on.
  8. Chi City 81

    Chi City 81 Guest

    She had not intended to let me go ass-to-mouth, but I had wanted to for years and did it anyway.
  9. Sam Mills 51

    Sam Mills 51 Well-Known Member

    We've all been had.

    Carry on.
  10. Stupid

    Stupid Member

    I had had enough of the had hating until I clicked on this thread.
  11. Football_Bat

    Football_Bat Well-Known Member

    It's called pluperfect tense. It's used to describe an action that took place before the action being originally described.
  12. alleyallen

    alleyallen Guest

    Fixed for grammatical purposes.
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