talking about the week or two you <had> spent

Discussion in 'English Only' started by JJXR, Mar 13, 2018.

  1. JJXR Senior Member

    Russian
    Hello to all,

    Thanks for reading my post.


    Sample sentence:

    A: What is the difference between 'I had the worst holidays ever' and 'I had the worst holiday ever'?

    B : If you said 'I had the worst holidays ever', to me, I would understand you to be talking about your school break - the weeks you have off in summer or around Christmas, for example. If you said 'I had the worst holiday ever', I would understand you to be talking about the week or two you <had> spent lounging on a beach in Spain, for instance.

    Question:

    Is the sentence correct both with and without the bolded "had"? If so, could anyone please tell me what their preference is?


    Thanks a lot for any comments, corrections or suggestions!

    Regards,
    JJXR
     
  2. Packard

    Packard Senior Member

    USA, English
  3. JJXR Senior Member

    Russian
    Thanks for the response, Packard.

    My question is about the use of the bolded "had" in the sentence that B says.
     
  4. Hermione Golightly

    Hermione Golightly Senior Member

    London
    British English
    Your questions seems to be about holiday vs holidays.
    There's no reason whatsoever to use the past perfect in your example, quoted below.

     
  5. JJXR Senior Member

    Russian
    Thanks Hermione.
     

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