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09 Nov 2011, 11:31
Can someone please explain when to use "had" in a gmat SC question? How do you determine whether to use "had" or not?

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09 Nov 2011, 14:19
Had is past perfect. It is used when an action had started and completed before a past action.

e.g. I had dinner before my friends arrived. - In this sentence 'my friends arrived' is the past action. 'I had dinner' is the action which had started and completed before that..

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28 Aug 2016, 06:11
with reference to this post - whenever we see a 'had' in the options, should we always be on the look out for a 'had' + past participle + simple past structure, or are there other uses of had in a sentence that do not necessarily follow this rule?

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