how to pronounce had


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the above transcription of had is a detailed (narrow) transcription according to the rules of the International Phonetic Association; you can find a description of each symbol by clicking the phoneme buttons in the secction below.

had is pronounced in one syllable

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An example use of had in a speech by a native speaker of british english:

“… do but I think if I had to get out and …”

meanings of had


  1. Simple past tense and past participle of have.
  2. Used to form the pluperfect tense, expressing a completed action in the past (with a past participle).
  3. As past subjunctive: would have.


  1. Available.
  2. Duped.

had frequency in english - A1 level of CEFR

the word had occurs in english on average 4454 times per one million words; this frequency warrants it to be in the study list for A1 level of language mastery according to CEFR, the Common European Framework of Reference.

topics had can be related to

it is hard to perfectly classify words into specific topics since each word can have many context of its use, but our machine-learning models believe that had can be often used in the following areas:

1) communication, information, and media;

2) people, society, and culture;

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