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    Can I use the verb "To have" with the verb "To do" as an auxiliary?

    I would like to know if can I use the verb "to have" with the "to do" as auxiliar (do, does, did, don't, doesn't and didn't) , or must I use just the "to have" (haven't, hasn't, hadn't).

    Which is correct?

    - I don't have an eraser or I haven't an eraser ???

    - She doesn't have a car
    or She hasn't a car ???

    - You didn't have time or You hadn't time ???



    I thank for all!

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    Re: Can I use the verb "To have" with the verb "To do" as an auxiliary?

    Quote Originally Posted by johnnesteixeira View Post
    I would like to know if can I use the verb "to have" with the "to do" as auxiliar (do, does, did, don't, doesn't and didn't) , or must I use just the "to have" (haven't, hasn't, hadn't).

    Which is correct?

    - I don't have an eraser or I haven't an eraser ???

    - She doesn't have a car
    or She hasn't a car ???

    - You didn't have time or You hadn't time ???



    I thank for all!
    The first of your sentences is far more natural to me, though some people use the second variant.
    Yes, "I don't have ..." is normal.

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    Re: Can I use the verb "To have" with the verb "To do" as an auxiliary?

    They are all correct, but end them with full stops rather than three question marks.

    The first of each pair is more common in AmE and AusE; BrE favours the second.

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    Re: Can I use the verb "To have" with the verb "To do" as an auxiliary?

    Quote Originally Posted by Rover_KE View Post
    BrE favours the second.
    I'd say that some of our our generation (not quite as young as we used to be) favour the second. 'Have got' forms seem to be more the choice of younger people. More and more also seem to be using the form with auxiliary DO.

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    Re: Can I use the verb "To have" with the verb "To do" as an auxiliary?

    In order of frequency (most frequent to least frequent) of use in BrE, I would say it's:

    I haven't got an eraser.
    I don't have an eraser.
    I have no eraser.
    I haven't an eraser.

    Also, bear in mind that many of us say "rubber", not "eraser".
    Remember - correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing make posts much easier to read.

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