Lesson Nine

Have (present tense)

S + has / have

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I have
We have
You have
You have
He has
She has
It has
They have


“Have” is usually used for ownership, ability, or for a description….

  • I have a new car


  • They have time to go to the movies


  • She has brown eyes.
  • He has a beard.

…but the word “have” is also a very popular substitute for the words “eat” and “drink.”

  • She has coffee every morning.
  • (She drinks coffee every morning.)

woman drinking coffee

  • He has pancakes for breakfast.
  • (He eats pancakes for breakfast.)

eating pancakes

Have is also an important helping verb:

  • I have lived in Minnesota for three years.

In the example above, (have) + (past participle) make

the present perfect tense.



I have glasses.




You have sunglasses.




He has a gun.




She has a tricycle.




The cake has a lot of fruit on top of it.




We have time to learn English.





They have a hamburger and french fries.




All three children have popsicles.



Note: To make “have” negative in the present tense, use don’t or doesn’t + have.

Correct: He doesn’t have any money. / I don’t have any money.

Incorrect: He hasn’t any money.

(but okay in British English)

Have – Present Tense (negative with contraction)
Singular Plural
I don’t have…. We don’t have…
You don’t have… You don’t have…
He doesn’t have… They don’t have…
She doesn’t have…
It doesn’t have…

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