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    Have you no heart?

    1. Is it a formal question to say, "Have you no heart?" ?

    2. I'll be grateful if you tell me if my punctuation is correct or not.

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    #2

    Re: Have you no heart?

    It's at the formal end of the spectrum, but not exceptionally so. The punctuation is fine, though there shuold be no space before the second question mark.

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    Re: Have you no heart?

    Before the introduction/adoption of the auxiliary use of "do", your question would have been perfectly normal.

    Have you no heart? (Once used as a matter of course.)
    Do you have no heart? (Modern usage)
    Don't you have a heart? (Modern usage)

    You might note, when you have read through many questions on this forum, that Piscean commonly asks "Have you a question for us?" Many (most?) of the other native speakers use "Do you have a question for us?"
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: Have you no heart?

    When we do not have an auxiliary verb, we use do/does/did to make a question. And here 'have' is not an auxiliary verb, so I thought the only correct question could be 'Do you have a/any heart?'

    I think you mean, when we have 'have/has' we can make the question without do/does/did, am I right?

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    Re: Have you no heart?

    You can format any question in the way your example did but, these days, it's uncommon.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: Have you no heart?

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    Before the introduction/adoption of the auxiliary use of "do", your question would have been perfectly normal.

    Have you no heart? (Once used as a matter of course.)
    Do you have no heart? (Modern usage)
    Don't you have a heart? (Modern usage)

    You might note, when you have read through many questions on this forum, that Piscean commonly asks "Have you a question for us?" Many (most?) of the other native speakers use "Do you have a question for us?"
    May I say that the question without do/does/did, 'Have you no heart?' is more of the British type?
    Since in the American use, using do/does/did as an auxiliary verb sounds more common to us.

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    Re: Have you no heart?

    No. I am a speaker of British English (as is Piscean) and I invariably use the construction with the auxiliary "Do/Does".
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    #8

    Re: Have you no heart?

    Until a few years ago, I would have said that Have you ...? was the more formal/old-fashioned BrE way, Have you got ...? was the less formal, more common, BrE way and Do you have ...? was hardly used at all in BrE in this sense.

    Nowadays, I'd say that that there aren't many of us speakers of BrE who say Have you ...? left, that Have you got...? is still common, but that Do you have ...? is becoming more common. I am a little surprised that ems uses only Do you have ...?, but only a little.

    ps. As a matter of interest (perhaps), I still use first person shall for the future, and accusative whom in my own writing and more formal speech. I try to avoid these old-fashioned forms when I am with learners.
    Last edited by Piscean; 15-Mar-2016 at 20:44. Reason: ps added

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    Re: Have you no heart?

    It depends on my audience. On this forum, I'm more likely to ask "Do you have a question for us?" In everyday, colloquial English, I'd ask "Have you got a cat/any kids/a tenner I can borrow?"
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    #10

    Re: Have you no heart?

    Quote Originally Posted by atabitaraf View Post
    1. Is it a formal question to say, "Have you no heart?" ?

    2. I'll be grateful if you tell me if my punctuation is correct or not.
    The Chicago Manual of Style (which not everybody subscribes to) rules that a single terminal punctuation mark ends the sentence.

    Did you just ask, "Why me?"

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