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The Verb "Have" - English Grammar

In all the simple tenses, the verb "have" can be used as the main verb.

In all the perfect tenses the verb "have" is used as an auxiliary verb.

When the verb "have" is used as the main verb, it is usually used only in the simple form (static verbs).

The verb "have" can be used in the progressive tense, only in the present and future.

The verb have can not be used in the past progressive tenses.

Positive Sentences - Main Verb - Verb "have"

Subject

Main Verb "Have"

Continue the Sentence

I

have /had/will have

a car.

We

have /had/will have

a lot of homework.

You

have/had/will have

a nice house.

The cars

have/had/will have

new tires.

Natalie

has/had/will have

a great time in the States.

Her father

has/had/will have

a very good job.

*have is used in the present simple tense.

*has is used in the past simple tense.

*will have is used in the future simple tense.

Negative Sentences - Main Verb - "have"

Subject

Auxiliary verb

Not

Main Verb "Have"

Continue the Sentence

I

do/did/will

not

have

time to visit him.

We

do/did/will

not

have

to cook dinner when I got home.

They

do/did/will

not

have

a lot of time to visit Mary.

The car

does/did/will

not

have

a new paint job.

Our teacher

does/did/will

not

have

a hard time teaching us.

My father

does/did/will

not

have

me spent a lot of money on candy.




Have & Has Chart

Main Verb Tenses

Verb Groups

Auxiliary Verbs

Verb Tense "to be"

Verb Tense "to be" Chart

Future Verb Tenses

Modal Verbs

Modal Verb Rules

Verb Tense "Can"

Verb Tense "Could"

Verb Tense "Could" Structure

"Wishes" & Verb Tenses

"Wishes" & Verb Tense Chart

Verb Tense "Have"

Present Verb Tenses

Past Verb Tenses

Adjectives

There is & There are

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