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    not have/doesn't have

    He a brother. (not / have) answer is (does not have, doesn’t have)
    in this sentence why I cannot say
    He have not a brother
    Or he does not has a brother ?
    I think there is two ways to infinitive the sentence have not and does not have am I right ?
    And there is another question what is the difference between can not and connot when I can use both of them ?
    Last edited by emsr2d2; 28-Dec-2013 at 20:38.

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    Re: not have/doesn't have

    "I think there are two ways to form the verb (it is not an infinitive); am I right?"

    Well you are right about the two ways, but both of your attempts are unnatural.

    He does not have a brother.
    He has no brother.

    In fact, there are more but less common ways.
    Last edited by probus; 29-Dec-2013 at 07:52.

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