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    "I haven't the vaguest idea".

    Why we use haven't ? As far as I know, we should use have+no/don't have as in :
    I have no money/I don't have money. To my opinion, the phrase should be :
    I don't have the vaguest idea/I have no the vaguest idea.
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    Re: phrase

    Quote Originally Posted by riswan View Post
    I don't have the vaguest idea/I have not the vaguest idea. = "I haven't the vaguest idea".
    You can say it either way. "Haven't" means "have not".

    There's a difference between "I have no money" and "I have not the vaguest idea."

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    Re: phrase

    So, can I say like this, "I have not money"

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    Quote Originally Posted by riswan View Post
    So, can I say like this, "I have not money"
    No, you can't. You say, "I have no money" or "I don't have any money". "Do you have any money?"
    In sentences with "some" or "any" or a non-count noun, you don't use 'not' like that.

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    Re: phrase

    Oh, I get it. What about these :
    - I have no car/I have not the worst car.
    - I have no idea/I have not the slightiest idea.

    They are countable nouns, is that still wrong ?

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    Re: phrase

    1, 3 and 4 are right (if you spell 'slightest' right).
    2 should be "I haven't the worst car" or "I haven't got the worst car" or "I don't have the worst car."

    The usages are subtle, and vary with regions. The best thing you can do is read a lot of sentences in good English like this, and note the pattern.

    http://dictionary.cambridge.org/gram...mmar/no-or-not
    http://leo.stcloudstate.edu/grammar/nonot.html
    (Search for "no or not")

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