Sara
When i have to use "hasn't got" or "doesn't have"?? Ella no tiene conversaciones interesantes: Right:She doens´t have interesting conversations False: She hasn´t interesting conversation but, why??? I don´t undestand
Dec 3, 2014 10:45 AM
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The verb 'have' has three main functions: 1. To indicate possession of some kind. For example: 'I have a laptop'. This corresponds to the Spanish 'tener'. There are two possible negative forms when 'have' has this meaning: either 'I haven't got a laptop' or 'I don't have a laptop'. The first is more informal, but both are correct. 2. As an auxiliary verb for perfect tenses. For example 'I have been to London'. This corresponds to the Spanish 'haber'. The negative form of the auxiliary is haven't or hasn't. 'I haven't been to London'. 3. To replace other common verbs, such as 'take', 'hold', 'eat'. For example 'I have a shower every morning' 'I have dinner with my family.' In Spanish you would use the more specific verbs. The negative of have in this situation is 'don't/doesn't/didn't have'. 'I don't have dinner with my family'. As the verb 'have' is representing an ordinary verb (such as 'take') in these sentences it has to conjugate like a normal verb ie with 'do' as its auxiliary. In your sentence above, 'She has interesting conversations' is an example of the 3rd type of construction. This is why you have to form the negative as 'doesn't have'. The other two negative forms cannot be used in this situation. I hope that helps.
December 3, 2014
I googled it, in most forums I found that both versions are correct, however, Americans would always say "She does not have interesting conversations." I'm going to need someone from Britain to verify this, but "She has not interesting conversations" is acceptable too? I don't believe there is any grammar rule that says one is more correct than the other. http://forum.wordreference.com/showthread.php?t=1190396
December 3, 2014
i think u need to learn grammar than u will come to know difference between both sentences!
December 3, 2014
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Sara
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