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    Default I havenīt a clue. - You will certainly have!

    Hi,

    There is an idiomatic phrase to express that you donīt have any idea, which goes: I havenīt a clue.

    1) Would the corresponding question be: Have you a clue? (i.e. the use of to have as an auxiliary verb)

    2) Is the synonymous phrase with to have as a main verb also idiomatic. I donīhave... / Do you have..?

    3) Is version No. 1) also used in the USA?

    Greetings

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    Default Re: I havenīt a clue. - You will certainly have!

    Quote Originally Posted by Hucky View Post
    Hi,

    There is an idiomatic phrase to express that you donīt have any idea, which goes: I havenīt a clue.

    1) Would the corresponding question be: Have you a clue? (i.e. the use of to have as an auxiliary verb)

    2) Is the synonymous phrase with to have as a main verb also idiomatic. I donīhave... / Do you have..?

    3) Is version No. 1) also used in the USA?

    Greetings

    Hucky
    Re 1), you can use it in the appropriate linguistic context. (Not just by itself):
    "Do you know how much your mistake has cost us? I mean, do you have any clue at all?!"
    If someone has done something stupid, you can just look at them, and shake your head and say, "You don't have a clue, do you?" But you can't simply say, "Do you have a clue?"

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    Default Re: I havenīt a clue. - You will certainly have!

    Just to take it a little further, a hypothetical conversation but the variants are real:
    "He wants to start a business but he wouldn't have a clue".
    "Wouldn't have half a clue, that guy".
    "Totally clueless!".

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    Default Re: I havenīt a clue. - You will certainly have!

    The closest idea I can think of as a question is "Do you have any idea?"

    ps. some of you may enjoy discovering one of my favourite radio programmes, Sorry I haven't a clue: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tV0Bx...eature=related
    Last edited by 5jj; 22-Mar-2011 at 05:53. Reason: ps added

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    Default Re: I havenīt a clue. - You will certainly have!

    Dear Gillnetter, Raymott, JMurray, and fivejedjon,

    You have really provided me with a deeper insight into the usage of the phrase I had enquired about. Thanks for doing so!

    All the best!

    Hucky

    P.S. Dear Gil, To make sure that I got you right, I must quickly take up your explanations.

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    Default Re: I havenīt a clue. - You will certainly have!

    Quote Originally Posted by Gillnetter View Post
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    Re No. 1) I should have pointed out more explicitly that what I had in mind was not the isolate phrase "Have you a clue?", but one with a complement as e.g.: "Have you a clue whatīs happening / going on?" Would that change the matter?

    Greetings to the other side of the Pond

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    Default Re: I havenīt a clue. - You will certainly have!

    Not only is 'haven't a clue' widely used in Br English, but often the noun is replaced by an adjective that describes the degree of cluelessness - come to think of it, the word 'clueless' indicates the strength of this idiom. Examples: 'I haven't the foggiest/faintest'

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    Default Re: I havenīt a clue. - You will certainly have!

    Quote Originally Posted by BobK View Post
    Not only is 'haven't a clue' widely used in Br English, but often the noun is replaced by an adjective that describes the degree of cluelessness - come to think of it, the word 'clueless' indicates the strength of this idiom. Examples: 'I haven't the foggiest/faintest'

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    Dear BobK

    Thatīs a good one! Thanks to you I cannot say anymore: 'I haven't the foggiest/faintest'. At least I`ve got a slight clue. Thanks a lot!

    Hucky

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    Default Re: I havenīt a clue. - You will certainly have!

    Quote Originally Posted by Hucky View Post
    Hi,

    There is an idiomatic phrase to express that you donīt have any idea, which goes: I havenīt a clue.

    1) Would the corresponding question be: Have you a clue? (i.e. the use of to have as an auxiliary verb)

    2) Is the synonymous phrase with to have as a main verb also idiomatic. I donīhave... / Do you have..?

    3) Is version No. 1) also used in the USA?

    Greetings

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    In the US we would make it an imperative (and bookend it with expletives usually). Keep in mind, this expression is no longer appropriate in the context of this tread.

    *&Ģ$! GET A CLUE, **$&!!!

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