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The Verb "To have"

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To have is one of the most common verbs in the English language.

Have is used in a variety of ways.

Uses

Have/Has

Question
Positive Statement (spoken)
Negative Statement (spoken)
Singular    
Have I? I have (I've) I have not (I haven't/I've not)
Have you? You have (You've) You have not (You haven't/You've not)
Has he/she/it? He/she/it has (He/she/it 's) He/she/it has not (He/she/it hasn't)
Plural    
Have we? We have (We've) We have not (We haven't/We've not)
Have you? You have (You've) You have not (You haven't/You've not)
Have they? They have (They've) They have not (They haven't/They've not)
Have is often used to indicate possession (I have) or (I have got).

Examples

Have
Have got
Question - ? "Do you have a car?" "Have you got a car?"
Positive Answer - Yes "Yes I have a car." or "Yes, I do." "Yes I've got a car."
Negative Answer - No "No I don't have a car." or "No, I don't." "No I haven't got a car."
Have is sometimes used to show an action.
Question - ? "Do you have a shower every morning?"
Positive Answer - Yes "Yes I have a shower every day."
Negative Answer - No "No I don't have a shower in the morning, I have a bath."
Have is also used to indicate necessity (I have to) or (I have got to).
Have to Have got to
Question - ? "Do you have to leave early?" "Have you got to leave early?"
Positive Answer - Yes "Yes I have to." or "Yes I do" "Yes I've got to."
Negative Answer - No "No I don't have to." "No I haven't got to."
To have is also used as an auxillary verb to form the perfect tense.

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