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/has”object.

  • Have/has: In Affirmative form the third person singular changes from “have” to “has“.

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/does” + not + “have” + object.

  • Do/does: In Negative form the third person singular changes from “do” to “does“.

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.

  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.

Have got cannot be used in these expressions.

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

  • The Affirmative form of To Have has this structure:
    Subject + “have” + object (“has” for third person singular);
  • The Negative form of To Have has this structure:
    “Do” + not + “have” + object
     (“does not” for the 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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