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Reply to "did - had"

@ahmed_btm posted:

'Did' seems more natural and more emphatic, but both are correct.

- Now fewer children and mothers have health problems than they did have / used to have / had 100 years ago.

Hello, Ahmed and Ahmed—None of those options works for me in the sentence as it is written: "did have," "had," or "used to have."

Those would all be appropriate choices if the sentences read: "Now children and mothers have fewer health problems than they did 100 years ago."

However, "fewer" is placed before the subject. It is quantified subjects that are being compared, not quantified objects of "have." I recommend:

  • Now fewer children and mothers have health problems than had them 100 years ago.
  • Fewer children and mothers have health problems now than 100 years ago.
Last edited by David, Moderator
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