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”.
- I have a shower every morning.
I don’t have a shower every morning.
- Have a good journey!
Don’t have a good journey!
- We had* a fight.
We didn’t have* a fight.
- She had a look at the book.
She didn’t have a look at the book.
Have is used as the main verb in the sentence. Have got cannot be used in these expressions.
- Have + breakfast, lunch, a meal, dinner, coffee, tea, a shower, a rest, a dream, a drink;
- Have + a good day, bad day, good time, bad time, good journey, nice day;
- Have + a conversation, a talk, a fight;
- 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).
— 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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