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    Have you got a beautiful garden?

    Is it right to say "Have you got a beautiful garden?"


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    Re: Have you got a beautiful garden?

    Yes. It means the same thing as "Do you have a beautiful garden?"

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    Re: Have you got a beautiful garden?

    But I am told that the word "beautiful" is seldom used in a general question.


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    Re: Have you got a beautiful garden?

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    Re: Have you got a beautiful garden?

    [quote=fire;486104]Is it right to say "Have you got a beautiful garden?"[/quote

    is it BE (british english)?

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    Re: Have you got a beautiful garden?

    Quote Originally Posted by fire View Post
    Is it right to say "Have you got a beautiful garden?"
    I presumed this as a correct expression. However, the expression is most likely to be use in British English. So it's correct.

    In American English, they used to say 'Do you have a beautiful garden'.

    In my personal view, there's nothing wrong to use 'beautiful' (adjective) in a question... Could you elaborate more? Perhaps with some example?

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    Re: Have you got a beautiful garden?

    It is said that there are words that cannot be used in negative or interrogative sentences. So the following two sentences are also not right:"Is he a most learned man? /" He is not a most learned man." Is it true?

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    Re: Have you got a beautiful garden?

    I never use such expressions but grammatically they are not wrong.

    Therefore, as a statement you can say "I think he is a most learned man"

    So I think there's nothing wrong to ask;

    "Is he the/a most learned man here?"
    "No, he's not/ Yes, he is"

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    Re: Have you got a beautiful garden?

    Quote Originally Posted by fire View Post
    It is said that there are words that cannot be used in negative or interrogative sentences. So the following two sentences are also not right:"Is he a most learned man? /" He is not a most learned man." Is it true?
    There are some terms that we normally don't use in questions. For example, the sentence "Is this sentence fine?" is unlikely to be asked by a native speaker; but it is quite normal for someone to say "The sentence is fine".

    Someone can say to you, "Your idea is the most brilliant that I've heard this week". But you do not ask "Is my idea the most brilliant you have heard this week?" It's the same phenomenon. You can't always take a common statement and make it into a question.

    Employee: I made a mistake. I'm sorry.
    Boss: Don't worry; it's nothing.
    A cannot take this to mean that he can say to his boss "I made a mistake. Should I worry, or is it nothing?"

    A to B, about C: He is a most respectable gentleman. OK
    B to C: Are you a most respectable gentleman? Generally not OK.

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    Re: Have you got a beautiful garden?

    Thank you for your detailed explanation. There are expressions which may seem quite right to us whose mother tongue is not English while in fact they are wrong or unidiomatic. And the problem is that they are too easily understandable to be regarded as unidiomatic by English learners. This is the most confusing problem I meet with in my study.
    Hope I can always get your help. Thank you!

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