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Arnold M. Zwicky zwicky at CSLI.STANFORD.EDU
Tue Sep 25 14:33:28 UTC 2007

On Sep 25, 2007, at 7:14 AM, Larry Horn wrote:

> At 10:01 AM -0400 9/25/07, Dennis Preston wrote:
>>  ... and I also
>> suspect a nonsystematic error
>> for the double "had";
> Can we be sure it's an error, and not simply a variant?

double perfects of several sorts are very well attested, and
commentators have been complaining about them since the 19th
century.  there's an entry in MWDEU; look under "plupluperfect".  one
class of cases even gets a mention in CGEL (p. 151), labeled as non-
standard; this is "had ... have" marking "modal remoteness".

the most common examples are of "had have" and "have had", but you
can find a considerable number of relevant "had had" examples by
googling on "had had been".


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