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  • Using Had Had in English Video and Listening Exercise

    It may sound a little weird to you, but in English, you can use sentences with “had had.”

    For instance, I can say “I had had to study Spanish for a long time before I could have a good conversation.” To understand better how to use sentences with “had had” watch the video below.

    Had Had video


    Had Had Exercise: Fill in the gaps below with the correct verbs. Write your answers in comments and we’ll respond.
    1. I _____   ______ several cats before I adopted a dog.

    2. I have _____ lunch, but I’ll have a bite of your pie.

    3. I ___  had a really bad day but, it got better when he brought me flowers.

    4. He ___n’t ____ any children by the time he turned 40.

    5. Had you ____(want) children before you _____ them?

    Listening Exercise

    Watch the first 4 minutes of this TED video and try to answer the questions below.

    1. What was their first website?
    2. There are more taboos around parenting than around_______.
    3. We decided we wanted to give it to parents_______.
    4. What does the above sentence mean?
    5. List the first two taboos?
    6. Does your country have traditions around childbirth or having a child?
    7. Do you have children? If so talk about your happiness since the birth of your child?
    8. What is your advice to people who don’t have children? Would you recommend that they should have children?
    9. Is there pressure in your society to have children?

    • Am Nj

      Thank you and please provide me with more like this.

      • LOIEnglish

        I’m glad that you enjoyed the lesson. Do you have any doubts or troubles with grammar? Let me know and I will try to answer them.

    • rocky

      please correct the comment i wrote. thank you

      • LOIEnglish

        Rocky, I don’t see the comment that you wrote. Can you put a comment below here?

    • rocky

      This is the first time i’m using Disqus. I might post different place??
      Please correct my English. Thank you.

      Had Had Exercise: Fill in the gaps below with the correct verbs. Write your answers in comments and we’ll respond.

      1. I had had several cats before I adopted a dog.

      2. I have had lunch, but I’ll have a bite of your pie.

      3. I had had a really bad day but, it got better when he brought me flowers.

      4. He hadn’t had any children by the time he turned 40.

      5. Had you wanted children before you had them?

      What was their first website? Nurve.com

      2. There are more taboos around parenting than around the sex.

      3. We decided we wanted to give it to parents straight reality about parenting.

      4. What does the above sentence mean? Falth advertizement of parenting

      5. List the first two taboos?

      Can’t say you did not fall in love with baby in the first minute

      You can’t how lonly having a baby can be

      Do not talk a bout miscarriage

      Cant say “average happiness has declined

      Does your country have traditions around childbirth or having a child?

      No, but usually mother helps daughter’s child delivery few weeks of resting time.

      Do you have children? If so talk about your happiness since the birth of your child?

      Yes I have one child. Happiness is participate to his or her growth and be able to give love and be loved.

      What is your advice to people who don’t have children? Would you recommend that they should have children?

      The experience of having child is expanding your own world to different dimension. Since we are born there are many occasions to make our own world to become greater through experience. As example, to start driving, getting married will widen the life dimension in enormous way. Having child/children is adding totally different depths in one’s life.

      We learn much more ourself.

      Is there pressure in your society to have children?

      Yes in some cultures. Especially in orient and may be in eastern Europe too. Having boy is most important because traditionally family name will continue.

      • LOIEnglish

        Rocky…Nice work on the grammar exercise you got all of them correct. You have a few mistakes, I think they are just typos, with the listening exercise. For example: a bout (this is one word) about.

        Your writing: No, but usually THE mother…THE daughter and FOR A FEW WEEKS

        Happiness is TO PARTICIPATE IN…

        The experience of having A child…to A different dimension. to make our won world BECOME (without to). FOR EXAMPLE, STARTING TO DRIVE and GETTING MARRIED will widen the life dimension in AN enormous way. Having A child/children…
        We learn much more ABOUT ourSELVES.

        Especially in THE orient and MAYBE (one word)…. Having A boy is most important because the TRADITIONAL FAMILY NAME will continue.

        Rocky it looks like from your writing you have the most problems with articles, prepositions, and plurals. Remember that ANY noun in English that is countable MUST have an article. A child, A mother, A father, A boy. When you are learning new vocabulary and it is a countable noun be sure to write an article with the noun. After you have written a paper or an essay underline all the nouns. Mark U for uncountable and C for countable above the nouns and circle the article in front of the noun. This may help. I recommend for your next lesson with us to do a lesson about articles. I’ll speak with your teacher about this.

        Thanks for answering!

        • rocky

          thank you so much. now i could see my weakness very clearly.
          i’ll keep practicing…..

    • Lenka

      1. I had had several cats before I adopted a dog.

      2. I have had lunch, but I’ll have a bite of your pie.

      3. I had had a really bad day but, it got better when he brought me flowers.

      4. He haden’t had any children by the time he turned 40.

      5. Had you wanted (want) children before you had them?

      • LOIEnglish

        Good Lenka!