We use the verb to have to form common expressions in informal communication.
Have is used as the main verb in the sentence. Have got cannot be used in these expressions.
Common expressions usually have this structure:
Subject + have/has + object.
- Have/has: In affirmative form the third person singular changes from “have” to “has“.
Common expressions in negative form have this structure:
Subject + 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”.
- 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.
In this case the verb to have does not have a specific meaning, its meaning depends on the noun that follows it.
The most common expressions with have are:
- 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 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:
Subject + do/does + not + have + object (“does not” for the third person singular).
— Affirmative: “Have a rest.” / “
Have got a rest.” = We don’t use have got in these expressions.
— Negative: “Don’t have a rest now.” / “
Have not a rest now.” = In negative form we cannot use “have not”.
Let’s revise this content within the [Form] section. Take a look at the [Example] section that shows its use within a context.