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Have and Have got Negative

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Have and have got, in negative form, are used to deny states such as possessions, relationships, illnesses and characteristics of the subject. However, we cannot use one instead of the other.

  • Have can be used to express actions in the past, present and future. In the negative form, we start with the subject followed by do not have and an object. In the third person singular, we use does not have.
  • Have got cannot be used to express actions and can only be used to express the present. In the negative form, we start with the subject followed by have not got and an object. In the third person singular, we use has not got.

For example:
— “I don’t have lunch at 2 p.m.” / “I haven’t got lunch at 2 p.m.” = We use have because it is an action.
— “I have not got a car.” = We use have got because it is the absence of possession of something.

NOTE: Have is also used as an auxiliary verb in certain tenses to talk about actions. In that case, we do not need to use do or does. We cannot use have got for this. (“You have not done it.” / “You have not got done it.”).

Let’s revise this content within the {Form} section.Take a look at the {Example} section that shows its use within a context.

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