How to Use Had in a Sentence

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‘Had’ is used with any subject in the past tense. Let’s see how to use ‘had’ in a sentence.

We can use ‘had’ to explain about:

  • possession of something in past
  • physical feeling
  • relationships
  • the action to do in past
  • action completed in the past

Use of ‘had’ to explain possession

‘Had’ is used to describe possession of something in the past.

We shall see how to form a sentence to explain possession of something in the past.

Construction of a sentence using ‘had’

In these sentences, ‘had’ is used as the main verb.

We shall see how to construct a sentence.

The formation of this sentence is as follows:

  • Subject + had + other words + full stop (.)


Let’s see how to use ‘had’ in the sentences to explain possession with some examples.

Here are some examples. The formation is as above.

Have a look-

  1. I had an elder brother.
  2. Neela had two maternal aunts.
  3. I had a coupon from Big Bazar.
      (physical feeling)
  4. We had a meeting at 2 p.m. yesterday.
  5. She had musical instruments last night.
  6. Those boys had drawing books to draw a design.
  7. She had golden bangles.
  8. He had a big assignment in interior design.
  9. Suvarna had two bags of red colour.
  10. He had a circular wall clock.
  11. Gaurav had so much office work yesterday.
  12. We had a new guitar that day.
  13. Nikita had a good time with him.
  14. A lion had a mane of golden hair.
  15. Doctors had a busy schedule in the medical camp.
  16. The birds had nests in the tree.
  17. Animals had enough water in the forest.
  18. A monkey had an infant under its arm.
  19. He had a violet shirt with yellow stripes.
  20. It had yellow eyes, which frightened me.
  21. You had a beautiful ceiling fan in your bedroom.
  22. We had that book in the college library.
  23. Parth had five friends during his college days.
  24. Teachers had a vacation in the month of April.
  25. Dolly had a green skirt with a red frill.
  26. It had too much pain in its ankle.
  27. I had a green blouse with a white bow.
  28. We had violet shirts as our uniform.
  29. That boy had a black T-scale.
  30. Sankita had eight subjects in her syllabus.

Related Lessons-

  1. Use of ‘am’ to explain the state of being
  2. Use of is to tell about the profession
  3. Use of pronoun ‘these’ in questions
  4. Use of will in negative answers
  5. Use of have in the questions

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