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What is the difference between the following sentences?

  1. I have a car.
  2. I have had a car.
  3. I have a car from 2 January 2020.
  4. I have had a car since 2 January 2020.

Is there any difference between the 3 and 4 or they are interchangeable?

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  • #3 isn't idiomatic. And in case you didn't realise, #2 strongly implies I did have a car in the past, but I no longer have a car now. But this is off-topic proofreading Apr 26, 2021 at 11:45
  • Related: “Have had” versus “had”
    – ColleenV
    Apr 26, 2021 at 13:32

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I would assume #3 would have to mean "I have a car that was made on 2 January 2020".

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1. I have a car.

Currently I own a car.

2. I have had a car.

In the past, at times I owned one or more cars, but right now I probably don't own one.

3. I have a car from 2 January 2020.

Not correct.

4. I have had a car since 2 January 2020.

Currently I own a car, and I acquired it 2 January 2020.

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To add to the previous answer, "I have a car from 2 January 2020" is not entirely impossible to say, although you probably wouldn't be precise to a day with a car - you'd be more likely to say "I have a car from 2020". And it would mean: I own a car that was made in 2020.

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