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    Haven't they got X & don't they have X and question tags

    Question 1In British English negative questions with the verb have (when it's a lexical verb and not an auxiliary) can be formed in two ways. Is there any difference between them?


    Type 1


    Haven't I got your number?
    Haven't you got her number?
    Hasn't he got your number?
    Haven't we got her number?
    Haven't they got our number?
    Type 2


    Don't I have your number?
    Don't you have her number?
    Doesn't he have your number?
    Don't we have her number?
    Don't they have our number?

    question 2

    What is the right question tag (in British English) when we use the verb have? I have interviewed a few native speakers and none of them could explain why sometimes they prefer "haven't/hasn't" and why other times they prefer "don't/doesn't". Here are 4 different groups of sentences. Which ones are correct and which ones aren't and why?


    Group 1


    I've got a good voice, haven't I?
    You've got a dog, haven't you?
    She's got a new boyfriend, hasn't she?
    We've got very good friends, haven't we?
    They've got our address, haven't they?
    Group 2


    I have a good voice, don't I?
    You have a dog, don't you?
    She has a new boyfriend, doesn't she?
    We have very good friends, don't we?
    They have our address, don't they?
    Group 3


    I've got a good voice, don't I?
    You've got a dog, don't you?
    She's got a new boyfriend, doesn't she?
    We've got very good friends, don't we?
    They've got our address, don't they?
    Group 4


    I have a good voice, haven't I?
    You have a dog, haven't you?
    She has a new boyfriend, hasn't she?
    We have very good friends, haven't we?
    They have our address, haven't they?

    and, the last question is, do you (BrE native speakers) use the "have got" and "have" ? What is the differences between them, and I don't understand, I often see "have" like this one e.g. I have a money/I haven't a money/have I a money?/haven't I a money Is it possible, and I think it's not normal/possible to me, I await for your explanations, thanks!



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    Re: Haven't they got X & don't they have X and question tags

    "I have a money" and the variations you've listed don't make sense in any variety of English. Can you replace the set of questions at the end of your post with something else? Perhaps you meant to write "any" in place of "a".

    As a speaker of American English, I can't reply to the rest of your interesting questions.
    I am not a teacher.

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