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By all these lovely tokens
September days are here,
With summer’s best of weather
And autumn’s best of cheer.

Helen Hunt Jackson - September
The breezes taste
Of apple peel.
The air is full
Of smells to feel-
Ripe fruit, old footballs,
Burning brush,
New books, erasers,
Chalk, and such.
The bee, his hive,
Well-honeyed hum,
And Mother cuts
Like plates washed clean
With suds, the days
Are polished with
A morning haze.

John Updike, September
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Have / Had a job

LynneLynne Your TeacherHomePosts: 9,477 mod
This discussion was created from comments split from: Ask Questions Here.


  • [Ex Member][Ex Member] Posts: 0
    this statement, "I didn't know you had a job"
    1. I thought the rule of the past form is to turn only one verb to past form not two verbs?
    in this case do->did and Have->had
    2. is saying to someone you had a job means you no longer employed and you were employed in the past and not anymore?

  • LynneLynne Your Teacher HomePosts: 9,477 mod
    edited May 2016
    @marcus "I didn't know you had a job."

    Here they are probably saying "I didn't know you had found a job."

    We often shorten things in English.

    As for the verbs. Don't get too caught up in rules.

    Your example uses a main verb (to know) and an auxiliary verb (to have). You can play with them a bit.

    I have a job. (This means I am employed.)
    I had a job. (This means I was employed in the past.)
    I knew you had a job. (This means you were aware I had one, but doesn't tell us whether I still have it, or not.)
    I didn't know you had a job. (This means you were not aware I had one, but doesn't tell us whether I still have it, or not.)

  • manjuammanjuam Posts: 20 ✭✭
    On which Context we should have have,has had ,had had
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