Recently I saw two interviews, one with Victoria Beckham, the other one with Elton John. They were talking about their past experiences and that's the phrasing they used:

But it wouldn't have happened if we HADN'T HAVE GONE to the Ukraine. (Elton)

And I probably would still be that way if I HADN'T HAVE MET the girls. (Victoria)

Is there any explanation behind the grammar written in capital letters?


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This double perfect is common in spoken English but not as yet taught as correct, please follow this link to a previous answer.

(Is 'had have + past participle' a correct grammatical form?)

  • Link only answers are not encouraged here but on the other hand you did find a very relevant post that should help the OP, so +1
    – Mari-Lou A
    Nov 30, 2023 at 8:42

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