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    Verb to have and Past Simple

    I have a problem with a sentence that say

    " I haven't read today's newspaper yet. I (didn't-don't) have time."

    Which answer is the correct answer ?

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    Re: Verb to have and Past Simple

    Quote Originally Posted by Ana Mido View Post
    I have a problem with a sentence that says

    " I haven't read today's newspaper yet. I (didn't-don't) have time."

    Which answer is the correct answer ?
    It all depends on the circumstances.
    Suppose it is evening, and you are sitting down to read the newspaper that was delivered earlier today. You could say "I haven't read today's newspaper yet. I didn't have time." So you didn't have the time earlier, but now you do have the time to do it.

    Suppose you are half way through a very busy day. Someone asks you what you think of an article in today's paper. You could say "I haven't read today's newspaper yet. I don't have time." So you didn't have the time earlier, and you still don't have the time to do it now.
    I'm not a teacher of English, but I have spoken it for (almost) all of my life....

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    Re: Verb to have and Past Simple

    I find both unnatural. I would say "I haven't read today's newspaper yet. I haven't had time."
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: Verb to have and Past Simple

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    I find both unnatural. I would say "I haven't read today's newspaper yet. I haven't had time."
    I think "haven't had" is ruled out

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    Re: Verb to have and Past Simple

    By whom?
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: Verb to have and Past Simple

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    By whom?
    I mean unlikely

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    Re: Verb to have and Past Simple

    I am a native speaker who just told you that that is what I (and most of my BrE compatriots) would say. How can it be unlikely?

    Please note that you need to end your sentences with a punctuation mark.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: Verb to have and Past Simple

    Quote Originally Posted by Ana Mido View Post
    I mean unlikely.
    Welcome to the forums, Ana.

    You'd be wise to accept the considered opinion of the experienced teacher and native speaker who wrote 'I haven't had time.'

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    Re: Verb to have and Past Simple

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    I am a native speaker who just told you that that is what I (and most of my BrE compatriots) would say. How can it be unlikely?

    Please note that you need to end your sentences with a punctuation mark.
    Quote Originally Posted by Rover_KE View Post
    Welcome to the forums, Ana.

    You'd be wise to accept the considered opinion of the experienced teacher and native speaker who wrote 'I haven't had time.'
    I'm sorry.
    I've accepted the opinion

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    Re: Verb to have and Past Simple

    But you didn't end your sentence with a punctuation mark.

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