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B9 Have

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.)



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



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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