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    Hi,



    1 Does he have plenty of time? A) I haven't either/ B) neither have I/ neither do I . Which one is correct?



    The meaning is: I don't have much time either





    2 I'm lucky: Could you say: I have luck?



    3 Luckily enough I.... Could you say : Lucky enough I...?



    4 A) There seems to be problems B) There seem to be problems??



    I would choose the B-alternative

    5 How many horsepower does your car have/ How much horsepower...

    Which one is correct??


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    1 Does he have plenty of time? A) I haven't either/ B) neither have I/ neither do I . Which one is correct?

    Personally, I would pick "neither do I". The reason being that have is the actual verb here and not an auxiliary one. Compare these two:
    I have money, don't I?
    I have spent all of my money, haven't I?

    See the difference?

    2 I'm lucky: Could you say: I have luck?

    I find no special reason to object it, though I don't think I've ever heard it...

    3 Luckily enough I.... Could you say : Lucky enough I...?

    You could say: "I was lucky enough to...", but you can't say what you asked because luckily is acting as an advervb to the verb that comes behind I and lucky is not an adverb.

    4 A) There seems to be problems B) There seem to be problems??

    I think B

    5 How many horsepower does your car have/ How much horsepower...

    much. I can't say one horsepower, two horsepowers, etc. I could say one horse's power, two horses' power... but that doesn't make much sense

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    Horsepower is countable, Holden. The plural is the same as the singular: one horsepower, two horsepower...

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    Welcome Tyl.

    1. Does he have plenty of time?
    A) I haven't either B) neither have I / neither do I . Which one is correct?

    The meaning is: I don't have much time either
    I'm in agreement with HC. Neither A) nor B) functions as an appropriate answer/response for 1. Try,

    He doesn't have plenty of time, and neither do I.
    He has plenty of time, and so have I.
    He does have plenty of time, and so do I. (emphatic use of "do")

    2. I'm lucky: Could you say: I have luck?
    "lucky" is an adjective, whereas "luck" is an abstract noun. "I have luck (today)" means, luck is on my side, with me. The meaning is clear but the way it's expressed "have luck" sounds somewhat odd.

    3. Luckily enough I.... Could you say : Lucky enough I...?
    I agree with HC. "Luckily enough" is the way to go.

    4. A) There seems to be problems B) There seem to be problems?
    I agree with HC's choice, and here's why. "seem/seems" is a linking verb, and since its subject, "there", can be either singular or plural, we need to look to its subject complement for number agreement.

    Plural
    There are problems.
    There seem to be problems.

    Singular
    There seems to be a problem.
    There is a problem.

    5. How many horsepower does your car have/ How much horsepower...
    I agree with both HC and MM here. Try, "What's the horsepower?" or "How much horsepower?", wherein 'power' is emphasized, and non-count.

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