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    Default Have/Put ... Faith

    "I have faith in him."
    "I have my faith in him."
    "I put faith in him."
    "I put my faith in him."

    How do I use the "have/put..faith" pattern?

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    Default Re: Have/Put ... Faith

    Quote Originally Posted by ConeSaverer View Post
    "I have faith in him."
    "I have my faith in him." X
    "I put faith in him." X
    "I put my faith in him."

    How do I use the "have/put..faith" pattern?
    "To have faith in someone" means to believe in them, to be sure that they will do something, usually the right thing, or something that you want them to do. It does not require "my".

    "To put your faith in someone" is more personal, and perhaps a more evocative way of saying the same thing but you want to stress the fact that it is your faith, your belief, that you are directing towards him and his actions.

    "I have faith in him" and "I put my faith in him" basically mean the same, except the first is in the present tense and the second is in the past simple. We wouldn't normally use "I put" in the present in this context.

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    Default Re: Have/Put ... Faith

    Pre-script: I should've added these in the first post:

    "I place faith in him."
    "I place my faith in him."

    Could it be that only the second one is correct?

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    Default Re: Have/Put ... Faith

    @ConeSaverer

    Before you ask a follow-on question in future, you might care to acknowledge that you are aware that emsr2d2 gave up some of her free time to help you with your first question. You can either write the simple word 'Thanks' before your next question, or click on the 'Like' at the bottom of the helpful post.
    Last edited by 5jj; 02-Feb-2012 at 11:52. Reason: typo

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