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    do you have / have you

    Do you have any apple?
    Have you any apple?

    Hello,
    Are both correct? I think the second is incorrect. But what's your opinion about them?
    I think the second is British and the first one is American but not sure.

    Thank you

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    Re: do you have / have you

    Quote Originally Posted by sb70012 View Post
    Do you have any apples?
    Have you any apples?

    Hello,
    Are both correct? I think the second is incorrect. But what's your opinion about them?
    I think the second is British and the first one is American but I'm not sure.

    Thank you.
    They're both correct. The first is more informal. You won't hear the second very much in the UK but it's fine. You will hear "Have you got any apples?" much more frequently.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Oh my god. emsrd thanks for the correction. I didn't know that after "any" we should shift the countable noun into a plural.
    Thank you. Good point.

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    Re: do you have / have you

    Quote Originally Posted by sb70012 View Post
    Oh my god. emsrd thanks for the correction. I didn't know that after "any" we should shift the countable noun into a plural.
    Thank you. Good point.
    That doesn't always follow. It just happened to be necessary in this context.

    Just a note - there might be some members who find the use of "oh my god" to be potentially offensive.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: do you have / have you

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    Just a note - there might be some members who find the use of "oh my god" to be potentially offensive.
    I didn't know this. Thanks for informing. May I know the reason?

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    Re: do you have / have you

    Quote Originally Posted by sb70012 View Post
    I didn't know this. Thanks for informing. May I know the reason?
    Any statement with any kind of religious connection has the potential for offence, either by people who believe in that particular religion or by followers of other religions. Religious exclamations are best avoided.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    #7

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    You will almost never heard the second one in the US.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Re: do you have / have you

    Quote Originally Posted by sb70012 View Post
    I didn't know this. Thanks for informing. May I know the reason?
    If you choose to use "Oh my God", you probably should capitalize "God". Otherwise, you might offend the religious as well as the non-religious.

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    #9

    Re: do you have / have you

    Hello again,
    Some hours a go a native English speaker told me: If you are talking about the general food "apple", you can use your second sentence. This makes "Apple" become an uncountable noun.

    1. There is some apple on the plate.
    2. Have you any apple?


    Is number 2 really correct? How can "apple" be uncountable as a food? Confusing point to me.

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    Re: do you have / have you

    Quote Originally Posted by sb70012 View Post
    Hello again,
    Some hours a go a native English speaker told me: If you are talking about the general food "apple", you can use your second sentence. This makes "Apple" become an uncountable noun.

    1. There is some apple on the plate.
    2. Have you any apple?


    Is number 2 really correct? How can "apple" be uncountable as a food? Confusing point to me.
    Number 2 could be correct in the proper context. It actually asks for less than a whole apple.

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