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Is this word, ‘had’ could be implying two ways, one is ‘owned’, the other ‘made’?

[example] Dunno if he had enough human left in him to die.

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Had has many uses, for example:

  • Standalone verb indicating possession or ownership
  • An auxiliary verb indicating a past action that has been completing

    In this sentence, I think had is used in the first sense. The sentence is also metaphorical and so had enough human[ity?] means owning not an object but displaying a certain quality, which perhaps the larger context makes clear.

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I think you're right about possession. Perhaps the context is horror fiction where someone is turning into something else and the amount of human material in him is diminishing. – Andrew Leach Nov 10 '12 at 14:47
Horror fiction or graduate school? – mac389 Nov 10 '12 at 15:23

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