Intermediate Grammar – “To Have” in Negative and Interrogative

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Remember we did “to have” for positive sentences? You can read that lesson HERE. Well, today we are going to have a look at the verb “to have” in negative sentences and questions.

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The Verb “to have” – interrogative

In American English they use the auxiliary verbs “do” and “does” because the main verb is “have”.


“Do you have a car?”

“Does she have a car?”

In British English we do not use the auxiliary verbs “do” or “does”. Instead, the main verb is “got”, and “have” is the auxiliary verb.


“Have you got a car?”

“Has she got a car?”

Notice that in both cases the third person singular is different.

The verb “to have” – short answers

In short answers, we all use the auxiliary verbs “do” and “does”.


“Do you have a car?” “Yes, I do”

“Do you have an iPod?” “No, I don’t”

“Does she have a husband?” Yes, she does”

“Does he have a wife?” No, he doesn’t”

The verb “to have” -negative

Let’s look at it in the same way: with and without the auxiliary verbs “do” and “does”.


“I do not have a car” or “I don’t have a car”

“She does not have a job” or “She doesn’t have a job?”

The verb “to have” – question tags

Let’s check out some examples for question tags with “to have”.


“You have a car, don’t you?”

“Maria lives in Paris, doesn’t she?”

“Our friends own a restaurant, don’t they?”


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  1. Great and useful presentation.and I want to know some information regarding used should , shall, will, would, can, could, may and might.thank you

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