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    He has a car?

    He has a car.

    Is this a present perfect tense? I doubt due to following reason-
    1) We have not used past participle of any verb.

    2) " Has" is also not the "to be" form of verb.

    May be this sentence signifies possession so the above rules are not applicable. Please clarify.

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    Re: He has a car?

    "He has a car" is the present simple. It refers to possession. It means "He owns a car". "Has" is the third person singular form of the verb "have" in the present simple tense.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: He has a car?

    Thank you. Just to clear on doubt, What I know is that we use "has" and "have" as an auxiliary verb and is used with present perfect tense only. But in the above sentence we have used it with present simple. Please help me to understand.

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    Re: He has a car?

    Quote Originally Posted by suniljain View Post
    What I know is that we use "has" and "have" as an auxiliary verb and is used with present perfect tense only.
    This is not true.
    "To have" is used as main verb in many, many sentences.

    I have four cats.
    I have a headache.
    He has red hair.
    They have twin daughters.

    Yes, it is used as the auxiliary verb for the present and past perfect, but that is not its only use.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Re: He has a car?

    I understand that "to be" form of verb can be used as main verb like is, am, are, be, was, were etc but "have" is not the "to be " form. Please clarify.

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    #6

    Re: He has a car?

    You are correct. "Have" is not a form of "to be".

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    Quote Originally Posted by MikeNewYork View Post
    You are correct. "Have" is not a form of "to be".
    But in the following sentences we have used "have" and "Has" where it has used as a main verb. Am I missing something?

    I have four cats.
    I have a headache.
    He has red hair.
    They have twin daughters.

    Another example: I am a boy. (here "am" is used as a main verb ("to be form") and which is "to be" form but have is not the "to be" form".

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    #8

    Re: He has a car?

    You haven't missed anything. "Have" and "has" can be used as main verbs. So can forms of the verb "to be".

    I have a dog.
    Fluffy is the dog's name.

    John has a horse.
    The horse was a farm horse.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MikeNewYork View Post
    You haven't missed anything. "Have" and "has" can be used as main verbs. So can forms of the verb "to be".

    I have a dog.
    Fluffy is the dog's name.

    John has a horse.
    The horse was a farm horse.
    I learnt somewhere that "has" and "have" is not the form of the verb "to be". Also please see thread#6

    Also are the following sentences present simple tense?
    I have a dog.
    Fluffy is the dog's name.

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    Re: He has a car?

    Quote Originally Posted by suniljain View Post
    Also are the following sentences present simple tense?
    I have a dog.
    Fluffy is the dog's name.
    Yes, they are.

    The present-tense forms of BE, whether it is used as a full/lexical verb or an auxiliary are am, is, are.
    The present-tense forms of HAVE, whether it is used as a full/lexical verb or an auxiliary are have, has.

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