23 To Have – Common Expressions

Verbs

We use the verb to Have to form Common Expressions in informal communication.

Common Expressions usually have this structure:
Subject + have + object (“has” for the third person singular).

In this case the verb To Have does not have a specific meaning, its meaning depends on the noun that follows it.

To make this verb negative, you should use:
Do + not + have structure (“does not” for the third person singular).

Remember, you cannot use “have not”.

  1. I have a shower every morning.
    I don’t have a shower every morning.
  2. Have a good journey!
    Don’t have a good journey!
  3. We had* a fight.
    We didn’t have* a fight.
  4. She had a look at the book.
    She didn’t have a look at the book.

(*Past simple.)

Have is used as the main verb in the sentence. Have got cannot be used in these expressions.

  1. Have + breakfast, lunch, a meal, dinner, coffee, tea, a shower, a rest, a dream, a drink;
  2. Have + a good day, bad day, good time, bad time, good journey, nice day;
  3. Have + a conversation, a talk, a fight;
  4. Have + a look, a try.

The verb to Have is useful as it appears in some common expressions in informal communication.

The structure of these expressions is as such:
Subject + have + object (“has” for third person singular).

For example:
Affirmative: “I have breakfast.” – ” I have got breakfast = Have got cannot be used in these expressions, have is used as the main verb in the sentence.
Negative: “I don’t have breakfast.” – “I have not breakfast = Have not cannot be used , only have can be used in these expressions.

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