it was the last bite he had since then

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I'm momentarily confused with this sentence
Is this correct?
Please help
Thanks :)

<He hadn't eaten since the previous night when he had had his last dinner in Paris;the small apple in the park this morning was the single bite he had had since then>
  • sunkitty

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    USA English
    To avoid the "had had" awkwardness, we often contract the first "had" with the subject, both in speaking and writing.

    He had had = He'd had
    You had had = You'd had

    Edit: "Had had" is perfectly correct, and we will say it in its full form for emphasis or clarity. Contracting just improves the flow of the sentence.
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