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    Default negative quetion of lexical "have"

    "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...

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    Default Re: negative quetion of lexical "have"

    Quote Originally Posted by panicmonger View Post
    "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...
    They would be used very rarely, if at all. However, I think that you might hear/read "Have you a car?"

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    Default Re: negative quetion of lexical "have"

    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    They would be used very rarely, if at all. However, I think that you might hear/read "Have you a car?"
    Certainly not the first one - which should, if used at all - be 'Have you no car?' But I've heard 'Haven't you a car?' More likely would be 'Don't you have a car?'

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    Default Re: negative quetion of lexical "have"

    Quote Originally Posted by panicmonger View Post
    "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...
    One may also say, "Don't you have a car?"

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    Default Re: negative quetion of lexical "have"

    Quote Originally Posted by panicmonger View Post
    "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 have heard of 'have you not a car?'
    I have also heard 'have you no car?' but I think this is colloquial.

    I may be wrong though.

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    Default Re: negative quetion of lexical "have"

    Quote Originally Posted by farhanishak View Post
    I have heard of 'have you not a car?'
    I have also heard 'have you no car?' but I think this is colloquial.

    I may be wrong though.
    'Fraid so - 'Have you no car?' is not colloquial. 'Have you not a...?' tends to be used in rhetorical situations: 'Have you not a heart?'

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    Default Re: negative quetion of lexical "have"

    I would say 'Haven't you got a car?'

    Rover

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    Default Re: negative quetion of lexical "have"

    Quote Originally Posted by Rover_KE View Post
    I would say 'Haven't you got a car?'

    Rover
    So would I.

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    Default Re: negative quetion of lexical "have"

    Quote Originally Posted by panicmonger View Post
    "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...
    ***** NOT A TEACHER *****


    (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.

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    Default Re: negative quetion of lexical "have"

    Quote Originally Posted by Rover_KE View Post
    I would say 'Haven't you got a car?'

    Rover
    So would I. But I would also say 'Have you no sense of fair play?' or 'Have you no shame?' or 'Have you no common sense?' or 'Have you no idea what you're saying?' The lexical 'have' still exists in negative questions - maybe (and this is only a working idea, open to being shot down) - especially when the thing possessed is abstract: the alternatives ('Haven't you got a sense of fair play?' etc) would sound very strange to me.

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