Uso correcto de Haven't y Don't have? No estoy seguro en que casos se utiliza uno y otro y si además hay alguna diferencia en su uso entre el inglés británico y el inglés americano.
Aug 3, 2014 5:42 PM
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It depends on the function of the verb 'have' in the sentence. 1. If 'have' is an auxiliary verb ('haber' in Spanish) you must use the form 'haven't'. eg I haven't seen that film. 2. If 'have' is the main verb in the sentence, and has the meaning of another verb (eg take), you must use the form 'don't have'. eg I don't have baths very often because I prefer to have showers. I don't have a big breakfast on weekdays because there isn't time. 3. If 'have' has the meaning of 'tener' in Spanish, then either form is possible. There is also a 3rd form : 'haven't got' A. I haven't time. B. I don't have time. C. I haven't got time. There is no difference in meaning between these forms. Form A is the least common. Form B can be either neutral or formal. It is used in both British and US English. Form C is more informal, and is used mainly in British English. I hope that helps.
August 3, 2014
They are two different tenses*. Negative past perfect: I have not gone = I haven't gone Negative present simple tense: I do not have a book = I don't have a book *in British English you may hear: "I haven't a book" meaning "I do not have a book". In American English that would be unusual.
August 3, 2014
All in the usage...practice and more practice
August 4, 2014
August 3, 2014
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