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have had /had confused But then my life took different direction and I had a long interval in ... until I realized that... This seems more natural, but I'm not sure have had or had? and why in short? thanks!
Sep 19, 2012 9:10 PM
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Well, it's a description of the past, so there's no point in using present perfect. The actions follow a clear order of events (took - had - realized), so simple past is all you need here.
September 19, 2012
In this passage, "had" is the past tense of the verb "have". The word "then" indicates a definite time in the past; therefore, "had" is better.
September 19, 2012
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