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Robert Wells or Mr Waters
Date: 5.44 pm, Friday 5th February, 2010
Subject: Had
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You know when you hear a turn of phrase, or a quote, and you long to get it into conversation naturally?

Check the comments to this boingboing post.

#33 raises the sequence "John while Mary had had had had had had had had had had been correct." (Imagine John and Mary are students who have written essays. In John's he uses the phrase "A had had x" where Mary uses the phrase "A had x". So: John, while Mary had had 'had', had had 'had had'. 'Had had' had been correct.)

#35 says this is one had too few as you can have "john where mary had had had had had had had had had had had the teachers approval".
(John, where Mary had had 'had', had had 'had had'. 'Had had' had had the teacher's approval.)

This allows me to write "#35, while #33 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 one more had and thusly won."
(Or even: #35, while #33 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 one more had and thusly won.)

Thank you Mould and Arrowsmith.
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Isabelle
User: diamond_geyser
Date: 1.42 pm, Tuesday 9th February, 2010 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
One Jonathan Creek mystery death was caused by a harvest-fly masquerading as a comma on a fax print-out - between a "no" and a "one" - which prompted a drunk powerboat rampage.

That plot twist is less bewildering than the above herd of 'hads'. I think, once you have put more than three in a sentence, I am in powerdown mode.
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