He had a sister. Or He had two daughters.

Does having had in the sentence mean that that his sister is dead? Does the word had used in such way always imply the death of the respective person?

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    Without context it could mean lots of things – BladorthinTheGrey May 22 '18 at 16:19

No, it is just in the past tense.

Compare I met him last year. He had a sister. Now he has two sisters!

  • It could mean she is dead, "He had a sister, but sadly she passed away." Or that he is dead, "He had a sister but she isn't here today." – user184130 May 22 '18 at 14:10
  • Yes, it could mean quite a lot of things :) But it does not always have that meaning, as the OP asked for. – Oliver Mason May 22 '18 at 15:46

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