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Has had/ Had or had had

Posted: Thu Feb 28, 2019 9:38 am
by Frieda
"They didn`t look very well"?

"Hardly had we arrived, when they had had (? or have had ?) to take a break."

I would choose have had because had had sounds a little bit strange. Is this correct?
Thanks for your response!

Re: Has had/ Had or had had

Posted: Sat Mar 02, 2019 10:12 pm
by Firefox
Hardly had we arrived when they had to take a break.