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TOPIC: "had had their way"

"had had their way" #290

  • truelight
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What is "had had their way" in the following sentence?
Mark might have had a very different carrer if his parents had had their way.
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"had had their way" #291

  • pbasia
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The expression basically means "had decided for him" so Mark would have no choice and would need to follow the requests of his parents.
This is used in a third conditional format.
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