Which of the following is the Correct English tense? 1. Had you have lunch? 2. Have you had lunch? Are these both different English tenses or they mean the same?

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    1 is wrong, 2 is not. Nov 2 '19 at 14:46
  • ‘Have you had lunch’ makes sense.
    – atlanta
    Nov 2 '19 at 23:05

Had you have is not grammatical: never, as far as I can think.

The auxiliary have, in any of its parts (have, has, had, haven't, hasn't, hadn't) can only be followed by the past participle (had, seen, gone etc), not by any other part of the main verb.

(There is a construction where have can be followed by an infinitive, eg I had them build a house, meaning "I caused them to build a house"; but this is a different construction. There must be an object (them in the example), and it does not behave as an auxiliary, eg Did you have them build a house?, not *Had you them build a house?)

  • Had you have come home, we would have had a party is fine. Even had you have lunched with us, we would have all been satisfied would work, albeit in an unnatural way. But had you have lunch, specifically, doesn't work. Nov 5 '19 at 4:24
  • @JasonBassfordSupportsMonica: those aren't grammatical in my idiolect. But yes, they apparently are for some people.
    – Colin Fine
    Nov 5 '19 at 9:11

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