Kwiziq community member
27 June 2017
No-one would use " They had had to retake the exam," in written or spoken English.
One would possibly say "They'd had to retake the exam", but the simplest form "They had to retake the exam", is the commonest usage.
This question relates to:French lesson "Conjugate devoir in Le Plus-que-parfait (pluperfect tense)"
Kwiziq language super star
29 June 2017
2 July 2017
18 October 2018
The lesson is not odd. I am English. Before my retirement I was a teacher and taught English grammar for many years. The pluperfect may not be used often, in English, but it is grammatically correct, a valid tense (as in French) and is good English. American English is a different language. It would be impossible for the site to provide for the differences between American and English English.
As Aurelie said, in spoken English it would have been "I'd had...." with the apostrophe replacing the "ha" in had, but it still means "I had had....."
20 March 2019
It's true that there are differences between American English and British English, but I don't think this is one of them. I'm a native speaker of American English and the pluperfect in that language feels perfectly natural to me, both in speech and on the page. Besides if it's used in French, we want to learn it, don't we?
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