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I'd had grammar lessons by then

  1. Feb 25, 2006 #1

    DaveC426913

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    Grammar lesson

    Contextualize (you may add words before and after, but not in) and punctuate the following fragment, so as to create a meaningful, plausible, sensical and grammatically correct sentence (or sentences):


    had had had had had had had had

    Clearly, the easiest sentence(s) is some variation of the form "I have listed eight hads in a row, thus: had had had had had had had had". It is also not using "had" grammatically, but merely as an anonymous "word object", and I will immediately pooh-pooh it and derivatives of it as lazy and unimaginative.
     
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  3. Feb 25, 2006 #2
    I saw a similar puzzle years ago using 7 hads. I tried to modifiy it for 8 and then realized I could go to 10.

    Alphonse, while Gaston had had "had had", had had "had". "had had" had been correct.

    eom
     
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  4. Feb 25, 2006 #3
    Here's one with 9 had's that doesn't cheat the capital H.

    Oliver, while Stanley had had 'Alphonse, while Gaston had had "had had", had had "had"', had had 'Gaston, while Alphonse had had "had", had had "had had"'

    eom
     
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  5. Feb 25, 2006 #4

    Which is to say, Oliver, while Stanley had had 'had had "had had", had had "had"', had had 'had had "had", had had "had had"'.

    I get 18 consecutive hads.
    -OR -

    Oliver, while Stanley had had 'had had "had had", had had "had"', had had 'had had "had", had had "had had"'.
    'had had "had had", had had "had"' had been correct.

    for 26.
     
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  6. Feb 26, 2006 #5
    Now I see that this scales and you can have as many hads as you wish:


    Gaston: I had enough.

    Alphonse: I had had enough.

    ------------------------------------------------------------------

    Stanley: Alphonse, while Gaston had had "had", had had "had had".

    Oliver: Gaston, while Alphonse had had "had had", had had "had".

    ------------------------------------------------------------------

    Romeo: Stanley, while Oliver had had 'had had "had had", had had "had"' had had 'had had "had", had had "had had"'.

    Juliet: Oliver, while Stanley had had 'had had "had", had had "had had"' had had 'had had "had had", had had "had"'.

    ------------------------------------------------------------------

    Hillary: Romeo, while Juliet had had `had had 'had had "had", had had "had had"' had had 'had had "had had", had had "had"'`, had had `had had 'had had "had had", had had "had"' had had 'had had "had", had had "had had"'`.

    Bill: Juliet, while Romeo had had `had had 'had had "had had", had had "had"' had had 'had had "had", had had "had had"'`, had had `had had 'had had "had", had had "had had"' had had 'had had "had had", had had "had"'`.

    ------------------------------------------------------------------


    etc.
     
  7. Feb 26, 2006 #6

    DaveC426913

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    You guys are brilliant.

    Contextualizing it, I had had this:

    During their grammar lesson, Jimmy and Jill were tested on their understanding of past and past perfect tenses such as in phrases like “I had had a bath that day”. When the test though, Jill beat Jimmy. Jimmy had had “had”, whereas Jill had had “had had”. “Had had” had had a better effect on the teacher.
     
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  8. Feb 27, 2006 #7

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    Just for fun:

    You had the prior puzzle to contextualize "had had had had had had had", ergo, you had, "had had had had had had had had"(with appropriate punctuation) as an answer.
     
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