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    Someone has vs Something has

    More often than not, we use 'someone' as the subject of 'verb to have,' but we can also use 'something' as the subject of 'verb to have,' for example, 'My old apartment has a huge kitchen.'

    I know it is correct to say 'There are six apples in the basket.' My question is, is it also correct to say 'The basket has six apples in it'? Thank you.

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    Re: Someone has vs Something has

    Quote Originally Posted by maoyueh View Post
    More often than not, we use 'someone' as the subject of 'verb to have,' but we can also use 'something' as the subject of 'verb to have,' for example, 'My old apartment has a huge kitchen.'

    I know it is correct to say 'There are six apples in the basket.' My question is, is it also correct to say 'The basket has six apples in it'? Thank you.
    Yes, it is correct.

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    Re: Someone has vs Something has

    Quote Originally Posted by MikeNewYork View Post
    Yes, it is correct.
    Thank you. By the same token, is it also correct to say 'The table has an apple on it'? It sounds a bit unnatural to me as a non-native speaker though. I'm sorry for my naive question.

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    Re: Someone has vs Something has

    Quote Originally Posted by maoyueh View Post
    Thank you. By the same token, is it also correct to say 'The table has an apple on it'? It sounds a bit unnatural to me as a non-native speaker though. I'm sorry for my naive question.
    It is possible but, as you say, it's not very natural.

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    Re: Someone has vs Something has

    Quote Originally Posted by maoyueh View Post
    Thank you. By the same token, is it also correct to say 'The table has an apple on it'? It sounds a bit unnatural to me as a non-native speaker though. I'm sorry for my naive question.
    Better would be: "There is an apple on the table".

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