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    #1

    Did he have

    Did he have a car?

    Have he got a car?

    Are both the above sentences correct and did both the sentences convey the same meaning??

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    #2

    Re: Did he have

    Quote Originally Posted by suniljain View Post
    Did he have a car? Correct.

    Have he got a car? Incorrect - Has he got a car?

    Are both the above sentences correct and did both the sentences convey the same meaning?? No. The first sentence is asking if he had a car at some point in the past. The 2nd sentence is asking if he currently has a car.
    Also, 'Does he have a car?' is the preferred form of the 2nd sentence in AmE.

    I think 'has he got' might be more common in BrE, but somebody else will have to confirm that.
    Last edited by Skrej; 13-May-2015 at 18:14. Reason: clarification

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    #3

    Re: Did he have

    Confirmed.

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    #4

    Re: Did he have

    I think it's common here in the U.S., too, but you're right, it's sloppy. "Does he have" is preferred.
    I'm not a teacher. I speak American English. I've tutored writing at the University of Southern Maine and have done a good deal of copy editing and writing, occasionally for publication.

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    #5

    Re: Did he have

    What is sloppy? And who said that?

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    #6

    Re: Did he have

    Yeah, I confess I've been known to say 'has he got', but it does sound a bit redneckish.

    And I'm speaking as a 3/4 blooded redneck. Well, more like 3/5....

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    #7

    Re: Did he have

    "Has he got a car?" is perfectly acceptable in AusE. I don't think it's right to tell students that "Has he got ..." is either sloppy or red-necked unless there's some evidence for that. In many dialects, it's simply the normal way of saying something.
    Who exactly is "Does he have ..." preferred by?

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    #8

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    I prefer "does he have". I assume that is true for many Americans.

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    #9

    Re: Did he have

    Quote Originally Posted by Skrej View Post

    And I'm speaking as a 3/4 blooded redneck.
    For the benefit of the OP and other students and learners, please explain what you mean by that remark.

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