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    Many people used to have one and many still do/have

    Are both sentences about the medical encyclopaedia correct?
    1. Many people used to have one and many still do. -> The answer suggested in the key.
    "Many still do" could be expanded into "many still have one". I understand this.

    2. Many people used to have one and many still have. -> The wrong answer according to the key.
    "Many still have" could be expanded into "many still have got one". That's how I see it. I don't understand why it's wrong.
    It's about possession. And possession could be expressed in two ways:
    - I have got a cat. Have you?
    - I have a cat. Do you?

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    Re: Many people used to have one and many still do/have

    Many people used to have one and many still do.

    That is what a fluent speaker would usually say.

    Many people used to have one and many still have.

    Perfectly correct but less likely to be heard.

    There is no rhyme or reason to this stuff. If your grammar and pronunciation are good you can say things in a foreign language that speakers of that language will understand, but it won't necessarily be how they would say it. Learning the more commonly used phrases in a foreign dialect is an advanced skill, essential for fluency.

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