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Kids Woke up late and dad had or has? hangover from last night.

Question. What tense should I use? HAD or Has for this sentence. Thanks

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    This case is ambiguous - it could go either way, depending on the rest of the text. Can you give us some more context? – hairboat Feb 6 '14 at 18:22
  • "Has a hangover" or "had a hangover"...and yes, either might work, depending on the rest of the context. – swbarnes2 Feb 6 '14 at 19:05
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It depends on the state of the dad at the time of writing.

  • If you are saying he was hung-over when the kids woke up, say:

    (The) kids woke up late, and dad had a hangover from last night.

    • This conveys that the hangover was completed in the past.
  • If you are saying he is hung-over, say:

    (The) kids woke up late, and dad has a hangover from last night.

    • This conveys that the hangover is ongoing.

Since these are separate clauses, they don't have to agree in tense.

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This question is quite vague. I think you should emphasis more, but based on how I understood it, both could be correct. Again it's based on the case.

The kids woke up late and dad has a hangover from last night. (if his hungover is current)

The kids woke up late and dad had a hangover from last night. (if his hangover period was over)

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