Student or Learner
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??
Last edited by Skrej; 13-May-2015 at 18:14. Reason: clarification
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.
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....
"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?