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    Does have mean drink here?

    Do you want a cup of coffee?
    No, thanks, I already have some.

    The above dialog is quoted from Longman Advanced Amercian Dictionary. Does have mean drink here?
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    Re: Does have mean drink here?

    Quote Originally Posted by sitifan View Post
    Do you want a cup of coffee?
    No, thanks, I already have some.
    Does have mean drink here?
    No, it doesn't. In that sentence, 'have' is used with its normal meaning, be in possession of. I have a cup of coffee in front of me as I type. I am not actually drinking it at the moment.
    Last edited by Rover_KE; 22-Oct-2015 at 09:00. Reason: Fixing typo.

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    Re: Does have mean drink here?

    Quote Originally Posted by Matthew Wai View Post
    'have [transitive]
    6 eat/drink/smoke
    to eat, drink, or smoke something.'── quoted from http://www.ldoceonline.com/dictionary/have_2
    That definition would be relevant to the conversation below, but it is not relevant to the conversation in the first post:


    Where is John?

    He's having a coffee in the kitchen.

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    Re: Does have mean drink here?

    If the simple past 'had' was used in the OP's sentence, would it mean 'drank'?
    I am not a teacher.

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    Re: Does have mean drink here?

    Yes. We'd be more likely to use the present perfect than the past simple in BrE.

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