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    Do you have or Have you?

    Please, let me know if my questions are silly.
    I wonder which way is correct.

    Do you have a pen? or Have you a pen? And why?

    Thank you very much.

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    Smile Re: Do you have or Have you?

    Do you have a pen? Yes, I do.

    "Have you a pen?" is grammatical, but unusual.

    Do you have a car?
    Have you seen John?

    It's just a matter of time and you will get used to such structures... be patient and have fun.

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    Smile Re: Do you have or Have you?

    Quote Originally Posted by marciobarbalho View Post

    "Have you a pen?" is grammatical, but unusual.
    Here in England, I've been able to hear people say that, so it surely is usual here, but not so outside the UK, I reckon.

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    Re: Do you have or Have you?

    Quote Originally Posted by engee30 View Post
    Here in England, I've been able to hear people say that, so it surely is usual here, but not so outside the UK, I reckon.
    In Canada, we almost never use "have you" (except obviously in the present perfect tense), but are taught that the British use "have you" to indicate a potentially temporary possession, but "do you have" for a permanent state. I remember the examples "Have you a pen? Does he have blue eyes?". BUT -- I'll let the specialists in British English make the final call.
    Last edited by abaka; 16-Jan-2009 at 22:36.

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    Smile Re: Do you have or Have you?

    Short questions and negative forms (e.g. Have you...?, she has not) were common in older English. In modern English they are rather formal and uncommon (except in a few expressions like I haven't the faintest idea).

    They are NOT normally used in American English.

    Have you an appointment? (formal BrE ONLY)
    Do you have an appointment? (AmE/BrE)

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    #6

    Re: Do you have or Have you?

    Thank you very much! Now I understand that I learned old British English all my life

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    Wink Re: Do you have or Have you?

    Quote Originally Posted by kampal View Post
    Thank you very much! Now I understand that I learned old British English all my life
    I think it's time you switched over to modern English.

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    Re: Do you have or Have you?

    Thank you very much! Now I understand that I have been learning old British English all my life.

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    Wink Re: Do you have or Have you?

    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    Thank you very much! Now I understand that I have been learning old British English all my life.
    Hey, bhaisahab, I suppose kampal was sayig that thing as a ghost, you know. More seriously, I also think kampal might have wanted to say that he doesn't use that old English structure any longer.

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