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Has vs. Had: What's the Difference?

Edited by Sumera Saeed || By Sawaira Riaz || Updated on November 28, 2023
"Has" is the present tense form of "have," while "Had" is the past tense form.

Key Differences

"Has" serves as the third person singular present tense of the verb "have." It's employed when referencing a singular noun or pronoun like he, she, or it. For instance, "She has a book" implies a current possession.
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"Had" represents the past tense form of "have." Regardless of the subject, be it singular or plural, "had" indicates an action or condition that occurred in the past. "They had a meeting" shows a prior event.
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When used as auxiliary verbs, "has" and "had" also play distinct roles. "Has" assists in forming the present perfect tense, denoting actions or conditions beginning in the past and continuing into the present. "He has lived here for years" emphasizes ongoing duration.
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In contrast, "had" helps shape the past perfect tense, illustrating an action or condition that happened before another past action. In "She had left before I arrived," "had left" reveals the sequence of events.
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Understanding the distinction between "has" and "had" is essential for correct tense usage. Mastery over these terms enhances clear communication, reducing the risk of temporal confusion.
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Comparison Chart

Tense

Present
Past
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Usage with subjects

Third person singular (he, she, it)
All subjects (I, you, he, she, it, we, they)
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Form of "Have"

Present tense form
Past tense form
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Auxiliary use

Forms present perfect tense
Forms past perfect tense
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Example

She has a cat.
They had a dog.
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Has and Had Definitions

Has

Has denotes possession in the present for third person singular.
She has an umbrella.
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Had

Had serves as an auxiliary verb in the past perfect tense.
She had seen the movie before.
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Has

Has functions as an auxiliary verb in the present perfect tense.
He has traveled to France.
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Had

Had signifies past relationships or affiliations.
She had a mentor.
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Oct 20, 2023

Has

Has indicates a current obligation.
He has to finish his homework.
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Had

Had reveals past obligations.
I had to call him yesterday.
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Oct 20, 2023

Has

Has signifies relationships or affiliations.
She has a brother.
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Had

Had describes past physical or emotional ailments.
I had a cold last week.
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Oct 20, 2023

Has

Has describes physical or emotional ailments.
He has a headache.
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Had

Had indicates past possession for all subjects.
They had a car.
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Has

Third person singular present tense of have.
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Had

Past tense and past participle of have.
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Had

Simple past tense and past participle of have|cap=1.
This morning I had an egg for breakfast.
A good time was had by all.
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Had

Used to form the past perfect tense, expressing an action that took place prior to a reference point that is itself in the past.
I felt sure that I had seen him before.
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Had

As past subjunctive: would have.
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Had

See Have.
And lever me is be pore and trewe.[And more agreeable to me it is to be poor and true.]
Him had been lever to be syke.[To him it had been preferable to be sick.]
For him was lever have at his bed's headTwenty bookes, clad in black or red, . . . Than robes rich, or fithel, or gay sawtrie.
Poor lady, she were better love a dream.
You were best hang yourself.
Me rather had my heart might feel your loveThan my unpleased eye see your courtesy.
I hadde levere than my scherte,That ye hadde rad his legende, as have I.
I had as lief not be as live to beIn awe of such a thing as I myself.
I had rather be a dog and bay the moon,Than such a Roman.
I had rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God, than to dwell in the tents of wickedness.
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FAQs

Is "Has" present or past tense?

"Has" is present tense.
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Can "Has" indicate obligation?

Yes, like in "He has to study."
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Nov 25, 2023

When do we use "Has"?

"Has" is used with third person singular subjects like he, she, or it.
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Can "Had" be used with any subject?

Yes, "Had" can be used with all subjects.
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Nov 25, 2023

What tense is "Had"?

"Had" is past tense.
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Which is correct: "She has went" or "She has gone"?

"She has gone" is correct.
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How is "Has" used in perfect tense?

"Has" forms the present perfect tense, e.g., "She has eaten."
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What is the role of "Had" in perfect tense?

"Had" forms the past perfect tense, e.g., "He had gone."
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Nov 25, 2023

Can "Had" show obligation in the past?

Yes, like in "They had to leave early."
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Nov 25, 2023

How do you describe current possession with "Has"?

"She has a new book."
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Nov 25, 2023

Is "Has" used with plural subjects?

No, "Has" is used with third person singular subjects.
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Can "Has" be used to describe ailments?

Yes, like in "She has a fever."
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How do you indicate past possession with "Had"?

"He had a blue car."
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Nov 25, 2023

Can "Had" be used for past habits?

Yes, like in "He had a habit of reading before bed."
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Nov 25, 2023

How does "Had" express past actions before another past action?

Using past perfect, e.g., "They had left before you called."
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Nov 25, 2023

Can "Had" indicate a condition in the past?

Yes, like in "If she had known, she would have come."
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Nov 25, 2023

What comes after "Has" in present perfect tense?

A past participle, e.g., "has seen."
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Nov 25, 2023

What follows "Had" in past perfect tense?

A past participle, e.g., "had taken."
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Nov 25, 2023

Is "Has" used for ongoing actions?

Yes, in present perfect continuous, e.g., "She has been working."
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How do you use "Had" for past ailments?

Like in "He had a sore throat yesterday."
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Nov 25, 2023
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