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    #1

    don't have the money vs don't have money

    Below is a speech from a man who was abandoned when he was a baby.

    "There is always a reason why someone would give up their child. I think they just don't have the money."

    If we use "I think they just don't have money", is it correct?

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    #2

    Re: don't have the money vs don't have money

    Yes, but in your example it means something specific. It means the person didn't have the money needed to raise a child.

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    #3

    Re: don't have the money vs don't have money

    Quote Originally Posted by Winwin2011 View Post
    Below is a speech from a man who was abandoned when he was a baby.

    "There is always a reason why someone would give up their child. I think they just don't have the money."

    If we use "I think they just don't have money", is it correct?
    He's a man today, talking about something that happened at his birth at least eighteen years ago. He has to use the the simple past.
    I am not a teacher.

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    #4

    Re: don't have the money vs don't have money

    But he is also talking about that kind of situation in general terms. He says: "There is always a reason why someone would...."

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    #5

    Re: don't have the money vs don't have money

    In post #2 you said it referred to a person who didn't have the money. Either it has general reference (they don't have) or specific reference (his own parents -they din't have). Only the speaker himself knows which was intended. I 'liked' GS's response because that would have been the natural thing to mean/say, in my opinion. However, the man used the present tense, giving general reference. Assuming that the man meant what he said, then the surmises in posts 2 and 3 were incorrect.

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