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    What have I do to make you love me

    "What have I do to make you love me". Is it equal to "What can I do to make you love me"? Why 'have' instead of 'can'?

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    Re: What have I do to make you love me

    It's wrong. You could say "What have I to do to make you love me?"

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    Re: What have I do to make you love me

    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    It's wrong. You could say "What have I to do to make you love me?"


    It's a song Blue feat. Elton John and Kenny G

    What have I got to do to make you love me
    What have I got to do to make you care
    What do I do when lightning strikes me
    And I wake to find that you're not there
    What have I do to make you want me
    What have I got to do to be heard
    What do I say when it's all over
    And sorry seems to be the hardest word

    It's sad, so sad
    It's a sad, sad situation
    And it's getting more and more absurd
    It's sad, so sad
    Why can't we talk it over
    Oh it seems to me
    That sorry seems to be the hardest word

    What have I do to make you want me
    What have I got to do to be heard
    What do I say when it's all over
    And sorry seems to be the hardest word

    It's sad, so sad
    It's a sad, sad situation
    And it's getting more and more absurd
    It's sad, so sad
    Why can't we talk it over
    Oh it seems to me
    That sorry seems to be the hardest word

    What have I do to make you love me
    What have I got to do to be heard
    What do I do when lightning strikes me
    What have I got to do
    What have I got to do
    When sorry seems to be the hardest word

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    Re: What have I do to make you love me

    That doesn't change the fact that it's wrong.

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    Re: What have I do to make you love me

    I think it was wrong because of a typo. If the sentence intended was "What have I to do to make ...." then:-

    More common usage is "What do I have to do..." or "What have I got to do..."

    "What can I do... " weakens the mandatory sense from "have to do" and substitutes a sense of what is possible "can do".

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    Re: What have I do to make you love me

    And I suspect the lyrics were mistranscribed; as I remember Elton John sang 'What've I gotta do to make you love me?

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