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    Don't or haven't?

    hi teachers:
    When can I use "don't" or "haven't"? What sentence is correct and why? "I don't have five cars" or "I haven't five cars"
    Thank you.

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    Re: Don't or haven't?

    Quote Originally Posted by Xenon32
    hi teachers:
    When can I use "don't" or "haven't"? What sentence is correct and why? "I don't have five cars" or "I haven't five cars"
    Thank you.
    I don`t have 5 cars is correct .
    The verb "to have " uses the auxiliary [verb] in its conjugation:
    e.g.
    I have[affirmative]; Do I have?[ interrogative ; I don`t have [negative]

    The verb " have got" doesn`t get any auxiliary verb:

    I have got[ aff] ;Have I got?[interr.]; I haven`t got [neg.]

    Question tag : She has two cats and a puppy, doesn`t she?
    : She has got a nice sweater, hasn`t she?

    The tendency in ESL grammar is to use the verb " to have " without the auxiliary "do", but I do not agree to that.I am a traditionalist from this point of view ,though ,I can accept changes , transformations in a language[ only Latin is a dead language] but well defined , explained and necessary changes; otherwise there might be huge confussions]
    So :

    I don`t have five cars - correct
    I haven`t got five cars - correct
    I haven`t five cars - incorrect [ it sounds odd / unfinished]

    All the best,
    Last edited by sheena55ro; 16-Jul-2006 at 23:50.

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