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    He hasn't breakfast

    Hello,

    I read that in British English it's quite common to just use a form of 'have' to make a negation.

    1. Correct is: She hasn't the time to spare
    2. But how about this one: He hasn't breakfast
    3. And: by putting 'any' before breakfast, I believe it IS a correct sentence...

    What's the difference and which sentence is correct and which one isn't?

    Can someone help me with this?

    Thanks!

    Caroline.

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    Re: He hasn't breakfast

    Quote Originally Posted by Caroline N View Post
    Hello,

    I read that in British English it's quite common to just use a form of 'have' to make a negation.

    1. Correct is: She hasn't the time to spare
    2. But how about this one: He hasn't breakfast
    3. And: by putting 'any' before breakfast, I believe it IS a correct sentence...

    What's the difference and which sentence is correct and which one isn't?

    Can someone help me with this?
    Yes, we do sometimes use 'hasn't' instead of 'hasn't got' or don't/doesn't have' (present tense). If the sentence requires 'don't have' then you can replace it with 'hasn't', so # 1 is correct.
    In # 2 I assume you are are referring to the past eg 'He didn't have any breakfast' - in other words 'he didn't eat'. You can also use present perfect 'He hasn't had any breakfast. (You can use any but it's not necessaary.)
    So, 'hasn't' refers to present tense.


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    Re: He hasn't breakfast

    Hi!

    The sentence is from a multiple choice test. Among other choices there is 'hasn't' and 'doesn't have'. So it's present tense.

    According to you this is correct?

    He hasn't breakfast - present tense.

    It sounds really weird to me

    Caroline

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