Reply Tue 22 Sep, 2015 07:44 am

John has just died. Probably a few days ago. Now his teachers at school are very sad, could we say use has not had in this situation?

-Mr Thomson __ the opportunity to teach him.

I think 'has not had' is wrong, because the possibility of teaching him is in the past, so it's not linking the past up to the present, so 'didn't have' is the only correct form. Do you agree?
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Reply Tue 22 Sep, 2015 09:05 am
Yes, you could use "didn't have."

You could also say, "Mr. Thomson had not had the opportunity to teach him."
Reply Fri 25 Sep, 2015 10:41 am
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