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  1. Junior Member
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    #1

    is nothing to do with / has nothing to do with

    Hello, teachers.

    Please help me with this one little thing.
    Which is correct between the following two sentences? Thank you in advance.

    (1) X is nothing to do with Y.
    (2) X has nothing to do with Y.

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    #2

    Re: is nothing to do with / has nothing to do with

    Number 2 works in American English. I think number 1 is possible in the British variety.
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    #3

    Re: is nothing to do with / has nothing to do with

    They both sound okay to me, as a mid-Atlantic Canadian.

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    #4

    Re: is nothing to do with / has nothing to do with

    I've heard both variants in Philippine English, where people usually speak American English with more or less Asian influence.
    For me personally, (1) sounds illogical, so I'd always use (2).

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    #5

    Re: is nothing to do with / has nothing to do with

    Both sound fine to me (BrE) when they mean 'none of your business'.

    Only HAVE is possible in ​Mary has let me down several times. I have nothing to do with her now.

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    #6

    Re: is nothing to do with / has nothing to do with

    In American English you will often hear the wordier variations X hasn't got/doesn't have anything to do with Y.
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