When we start learning a new language, we tend to focus on learning the key important points and verbs to begin with to ensure that we have solid foundations, and learning English should be no different. In today’s post, we’re going to look at the verb “to have” and how to use it in interrogative and negative form in English.
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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