English Grammar, Make it Stop!

A teacher wants his two students, James and John, to describe a man who, in the past, had suffered from a cold.

James said ”The man had a cold,” which the teacher said was incorrect.

John said “The man had had a cold,” which the teacher was pleased with.

So in conclusion: John, while James had had “had”, had had “had had”, “had had” had had a much better effect on the teacher.

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