- For Teachers
"Have you not a car?"
"Haven't you a car?"
Do you still use these forms of negative questions of lexical "have"?
Thank you & have a great weekend ahead...
I would say 'Haven't you got a car?'
(1) The matter of contraction vs. non-contraction is very
interesting. I have yet to find a "good" explanation in my books
or on the Web.
(2) I can only offer some thoughts for your consideration.
(3) One very famous expert gives this example:
(a) Doesn't anyone know the answer? = I cannot believe it that
no one in the class has raised his/her hand. Surely someone must
know the answer.
(b) Does anyone not know the answer? = Is there anyone who
does not know the answer? If there is, just raise your hand and I'll explain
it to you.
(4) Two other experts give this example:
(a) Why didn't you do your homework? = There is no excuse. You had
plenty of time.
(b) Why did you not do your homework? = I know you to be a
responsible student. Was there possibly a family emergency?
(NOTE: Those four examples came from the experts. But most of
the explanations after the = symbol are ONLY my ideas.)
(5) So maybe (I repeat: MAYBE!!!):
Haven't you heard the news? = How is possible that you have
not heard the news? It has been on TV and the radio for at least
three days. Have you been hiding your head in the sand these
last three days?
Have you not heard the news? Less judgmental question. Implies that
maybe there is a reason that you have not heard about the matter yet.