Wednesday, 12 October 2011

Have - Has - Go - Goes

To Have = To show possession / a quality
To Go = to show movement (travel) in a specific direction

Usually we only add 'S' to a verb when we conjugate it in the third person but notice how To Have and To Go are slightly irregular (though they still both end in S).

Have and Go in Negative Sentences

To make a negative sentence in English with To Have and To Go we use Don't or Doesn't followed by Have or Go (never Has or Goes).

Affirmative: You have a pen.
Negative: You don't have a pen.

You will see that we add don't between the subject and the verb. We use Don't when the subject is I, you, we or they.

Affirmative: He has a pencil.
Negative: He doesn't have a pencil.

When the subject is he, she or it, we add doesn't between the subject and the verb to make a negative sentence. Notice that we don't use the normal third person conjugation (has, goes) in negative sentences. We use the base form of the infinitive as seen below.

Examples of Negative Sentences with Have:
  • You don't have a clue.
  • John doesn't have many friends.
  • We don't have time for a rest.
  • It doesn't have four wheels.
  • They don't have the correct answers.
  • She doesn't have a nice dress.
Examples of Negative Sentences with Go:
  • You don't go to university.
  • John doesn't go to parties.
  • We don't go to work on the weekend.
  • It doesn't go fast.
  • They don't go to the beach.
  • She doesn't go to church.

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