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    She had not the slightest idea what to do with it

    Hi,

    The first sentence comes from a book. I posted it here because I was wondering if this was grammatically correct, as I haven't encountered this kind of structure before. Would you please tell me whether this is correct or not. Is the second one better?

    >She had not the slightest idea what to do with it.

    >She did not have the slightest idea what to do with it.


    Thanks in advance for your help.

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    Re: She had not the slightest idea what to do with it

    Quote Originally Posted by Ferdie11 View Post

    >She had not the slightest idea what to do with it.
    formal, uncommon, old, correct

    Quote Originally Posted by Ferdie11 View Post
    >She did not have the slightest idea what to do with it.
    normal, correct

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    Re: She had not the slightest idea what to do with it

    Quote Originally Posted by Ferdie11 View Post
    Hi,

    The first sentence comes from a book. I posted it here because I was wondering if this was grammatically correct, as I haven't encountered this kind of structure before. Would you please tell me whether this is correct or not. Is the second one better?

    >She had not the slightest idea what to do with it.

    >She did not have the slightest idea what to do with it.


    Thanks in advance for your help.
    They're both correct, and both common where I come from.
    However, you'd normally say them, "She hadn't the .... She didn't have the ...."

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    Re: She had not the slightest idea what to do with it

    Quote Originally Posted by Raymott View Post
    They're both correct, and both common where I come from.
    However, you'd normally say them, "She hadn't the .... She didn't have the ...."
    I was about to write a message, when I saw that Ray had posted this. So, I'll just say, 'I agree'.

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