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    Quote Originally Posted by Nightmare85 View Post
    I believe it, but it does not let the English language look good in my opinion.
    Then we all could speak as we want.
    I have not some friends! (horrible!)
    instead of:
    I do not have any friends. (fully okay)

    If both sentences are equally good, then I should stop learning English
    Of course both are understandable, but there really should be some grammatical limits...

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    I get your point, but don't forget that the verb have is much more different to other verbs such as understand or know. Apart from being a lexical verb, it's also one of the three primary auxiliary verbs, which makes its usages more or equally adaptable or acceptable in some cases.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nightmare85 View Post
    I believe it, but it does not let the English language look good in my opinion.
    Then we all could speak as we want.
    I have not some friends! (horrible!)
    instead of:
    I do not have any friends. (fully okay)

    If both sentences are equally good, then I should stop learning English
    Of course both are understandable, but there really should be some grammatical limits...

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    Your "I have not some friends! (horrible!)" is horrible indeed and the reason of that is not the verb itself but the determiner "some" used in this negative sentence. It should be replaced by "any": I haven't any friends/I haven't got any friends.

    In BrE "have" is used with the operator "do" to express "habitual actions":
    Do you often have backaches?, otherwise "have (got)/haven't (got)" suffice.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sitifan View Post
    Few people can run as fast as Mike,______ ?
    (A) can't they (B) can they

    Which option is correct?
    "Can they"

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    Quote Originally Posted by sitifan View Post
    1. He has only few friends, doesn' he?
    2. Few people can run as fast as Mike, can they?
    Few is a negative word. Both of the above sentences contain the negative word "few." But #1 is considered a positive sentence. Why?
    Firstly, 1. is wrong, it should read "He has few friends..." or "He has only a few friends..."
    Secondly "few" and "a few" have different meanings. Compare, "He has few friends" and "He has a few friends", the first is negative it points out that he doesn't have many friends. The second is neutral or positive, it is stressing that he has friends.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nightmare85 View Post
    You disappoint me
    Firstly it's Simple Present, that means
    "Has he got any friends?" would be wrong, too.
    (Okay, maybe it's acceptable because the grammatic is right.)
    Secondly "has" is not a question word (we are still talking about Simple Present).

    A while ago, you could not believe Britains use "Has she got a car?" instead of "Does she have a car?".
    "Has he any friends?" is exactly that what any German, who does not have English lessons, would ask.

    P.S. Please don't take it as an insult!

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    "Has she a car" or "Does she have a car" are correct, the former is quite formal and dated. The auxilliary "does" came into English in the 17th century. In most cases we would use the auxilliary to ask the question, we would no longer say "Goes she riding?" for example, but "Does she go riding?" "Has", however is still used in this way.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    Firstly, 1. is wrong, it should read "He has few friends..." or "He has only a few friends..."
    Secondly "few" and "a few" have different meanings. Compare, "He has few friends" and "He has a few friends", the first is negative it points out that he doesn't have many friends. The second is neutral or positive, it is stressing that he has friends.
    He has few friends, does/has he?
    He has only a few friends, does/has he?
    The above sentences are negative, so their tags should be positive. Am I right?

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