Retired English Teacher
ALL verbs in English in (except those I note below) form questions with DO in non-progressive, non-perfect forms:
do I work?.......did he work?
ALL verbs used as auxiliaries form questions without DO:
are you coming? .......has she left?.......can you swim?
BE, whether it is used as a main verb or as an auxiliary, never forms questions with DO:
are you English? ...... is she working?.......was the meeting postponed?
HAVE, as a full verb, can be used in a question form with or without DO:
have you? mainly BrE, fairly formal and old-fashioned.
do you have? mainly AmE when HAVE has an association with 'possession'; correct in both AmE and BrE when HAVE means 'experience/take/etc'.
So,in writing I shoul not use this form for example:have you......
NOT A TEACHER
DEAR FELLOW MEMBER SYMA:
(1) I just want to say THANK YOU for your question.
(2) This thread has taught me a lot, and it has made me
go to my books in order to learn more.
(3) I think that you have made an excellent decision:
Never use "have" to make a question except when you must.
As the posters here told you, you must use "have" to start
a question only for the present and past perfect:
You have eaten. = HAVE you eaten?
Tom has eaten. = HAS Tom eaten?
They had eaten. = Had they eaten?
(NOTE: The future perfect is "We will have eaten." WILL we HAVE
(4) IF you see the verb "have" in other sentences, always
You have a car. = DO you have a car?
He has a car. = DOES he have a car?
They had a car. = DID they have a car?
(Yes, some speakers of English say "Have you a car?" and "Has
he a car?" But you are very wise (smart) to use only "do." I also
learned from my books and contacting other people that in 2011
almost everyone uses "did" for the past. In other words, almost
nobody says "Had they a car?" That is just too old-fashioned.)
Really , from your answers, I consider you as being a teacher, your way of explanation and your writing style is ineffable.
Thank you for your detailed answer.you excite my curiosityto know your books which seem to be very interesting.
Thank you again
Best regard for you Mr.James
Last edited by symaa; 01-Jun-2011 at 14:05.
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