I wish I had/ had had a better one?

Findinghelp

Senior Member
Vietnamese
My bike is giving me a lot of trouble.

-> I wish I had/ had had a better one.

Is " had had" right? Because the bike was already bought?

Thank you a lot!
 
  • LVRBC

    Senior Member
    English-US, standard and medical
    I wish I had a better one. or
    I wish I had bought a better one.
     

    DonnyB

    Sixties Mod
    English UK Southern Standard English
    Well, "had had" is grammatically correct, but it suggests to me that you don't still have the bike and so I think it conflicts with the scenario you've given there of it giving trouble now.

    I agree with LVRBC: if you want to use the pluperfect, I'd do it as "I wish I had bought a better one".
     
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