ENGLISHMiscellaneous English Grammar

Verb HAVE

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1. Have = to possess/own

a) She has a beautiful big house.
b) I have had this car for ten years.

NOTE-I: In this meaning of HAVE we can form the negative and interrogative of sentences in two ways. We can use either DO as helping verb or use HAVE itself in forming such sentences; e.g.

Do you have an extra pencil?
= Have you an extra pencil?

NOTE-II: We don’t use HAVE in the continuous in this meaning; e.g.

INCORRECT: I am having a lot of friends here.
CORRECT: I have a lot of friends here.

INCORRECT: Anita is having a headache.
CORRECT: Anita has a headache.

2. HAVE = to receive someone, to accept, to allow something to happen 

a) I’m going to have you at the station.
b) I won’t have you wear my shirt. (= I refuse to allow you to wear my shirt)
c) Let me have Rs 5,000 back just now.

3. HAVE = to take food; to take a bath/a lesson etc., means HAVE = to perform the action mentioned 

a) We had a dance and afterwards we took a meal.
b) We are having a party in the evening.
c) We are having a nice holiday here.
d) I always have a walk after dinner.
e) Why don’t you have a rest?
f) May I have a look at your collection of coins?

4. HAVE = to cause something to happen or someone to do something; e.g. 

a) I’m having my room washed at the moment.
b) My wife had me help her stop the crying baby.
c) The movie soon had all of us crying.
d) Sumit will have it working in no time.
e) Have your trousers altered. 

5. HAVE = to experience something

a) We’re having a wonderful time here in Manali.
b) I didn’t have any difficulty locating the office.
c) He hasn’t been having much luck recently.

6. HAVE = to deliver a baby

a) Pooja had her baby in hospital.
b) My wife isn’t planning to have children in near future.

NOTE-I: be having a baby, twins, etc. means to be pregnant; e.g.

I hear she is having a baby.

NOTE-II: HAVE when used as in point B to F above can also be used in the continuous tenses. For these meanings, in the Simple Present Tense and the Simple Past Tense we make negative and interrogative of HAVE with DO/DID; e.g.

a) We are having a good time here.
b) We are having eight people at the meeting.
c) My brother can’t meet you immediately, he is having a bath.
d) I am having a wonderful holiday.

INCORRECT: Has she a difficulty solving this sum.
CORRECT. Does she have a difficulty solving this sum.

INCORRECT: How many classes have you a week?
CORRECT: How many classes do you have a week?

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