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    #1

    Check this sentence for me

    Why have you to soil our merriment?

    Is this structure correct?

    To my ears, it ring incorrect. I think 'why do you have to spoil our merriment?' is the correct.


    Thanking you in anticipation.

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    #2

    Re: Check this sentence for me

    Quote Originally Posted by sdpegasus View Post
    Why have you to spoil our merriment?

    Is this structure correct? No.

    To my ears, it rings incorrectly. I think 'Why do you have to spoil our merriment?' is the correct.


    Thanking you in anticipation. Unnecessary. Just click the Like button when you get a useful answer.
    Your bossy thread title needs work. A better title would have been Why have you to spoil our merriment?

    Extract from the Posting Guidelines:

    'Thread titles should include all or part of the word/phrase being discussed.'


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    #3

    Re: Check this sentence for me

    Hello.
    Please allow me to ask a question here.

    1. I haven't got a clue.
    2. I don't have a clue.
    3. I haven't a clue.

    4. Have you got a clue?
    5. Do you have a clue?
    6. Have you a clue?

    I'm sure all of those examples above are grammatically correct.
    I've used 1, 2, 4 and 5, but I've never used 3 and 6. (Atually I've never taught my students the interesting constructions that are used in 3 and 6.)
    Do you (=native speakers) often use 3 and 6? I imagine there might be regional differences.

    Thank you.

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    #4

    Re: Check this sentence for me

    Quote Originally Posted by tzfujimino View Post
    1. I haven't got a clue.
    2. I don't have a clue.
    3. I haven't a clue.
    All three are natural in BrE.
    4. Have you got a clue?
    5. Do you have a clue?
    6. Have you a clue?
    All three are grammatically correct, but none is very natural in BrE. We tend to ask:
    Have you got any idea?
    Do you have any idea?
    Have you any idea?

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    #5

    Re: Check this sentence for me

    Quote Originally Posted by tzfujimino View Post
    Hello.
    Please allow me to ask a question here.

    1. I haven't got a clue.
    2. I don't have a clue.
    3. I haven't a clue.

    4. Have you got a clue?
    5. Do you have a clue?
    6. Have you a clue?

    I'm sure all of those examples above are grammatically correct.
    I've used 1, 2, 4 and 5, but I've never used 3 and 6. (Atually I've never taught my students the interesting constructions that are used in 3 and 6.)
    Do you (=native speakers) often use 3 and 6? I imagine there might be regional differences.

    Thank you.
    You will likely hear the last three in AmE only in a sarcastic sense.

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