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    Haven't / doesn't have

    Hi there..

    How are you doing, guys..

    "I have a pen", now, to make this sentence negative, is it correct to say "I haven't a pen", "I've not a pen" or "I have not a pen" rather than saying "I don't have a pen" ?

    Thanks in advance..
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    Exclamation Re: Haven't / doesn't have

    Quote Originally Posted by MoHammaD_93 View Post
    Hi there..

    How are you doing, guys..

    "I have a pen", now, to make this sentence negative, is it correct to say "I haven't a pen", "I've not a pen" or "I have not a pen" rather than saying "I don't have a pen" ?

    Thanks in advance..
    MoHammaD
    You can say:I don't have a pen. (no question mark)
    Or I have no pen. (Here 'no" acts as adjective which means: not any or not a)

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    Re: Haven't / doesn't have

    Quote Originally Posted by MoHammaD_93 View Post
    Hi there..

    How are you doing, guys..

    "I have a pen", now, to make this sentence negative, is it correct to say "I haven't a pen", "I've not a pen" or "I have not a pen" rather than saying "I don't have a pen" ?

    Thanks in advance..
    MoHammaD
    "I haven't a pen" is correct but is a matter of usage and is possibly best explained as old English.
    "I have not a pen" is exactly the same but is not contracted.

    "I don't have a pen" is most correct and is the contracted form of "I do not have a pen".

    HTH

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    Re: Haven't / doesn't have

    Quote Originally Posted by MoHammaD_93 View Post
    Hi there..

    How are you doing, guys..

    "I have a pen", now, to make this sentence negative, is it correct to say "I haven't a pen", "I've not a pen" or "I have not a pen" rather than saying "I don't have a pen" ?

    Thanks in advance..
    MoHammaD
    You could use either "I haven't a pen" or "I don't have a pen". The second is much more common in modern English.

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    Re: Haven't / doesn't have

    Thank you all..

    You can say:I don't have a pen. (no question mark)
    The question mark is outside the quotation mark.. it concerns the whole question this topic is about..

    Thank you..

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