Writing English Sentences: Using have basics and articles
- Have and has can both be used to show possession and are important in making the ‘perfect tenses’.
- Had is the past tense of both ‘has’ and ‘have’.
- Using adjectives before the object is common place.
Have is used with pronouns and plural nouns.
I have a fantastic English tutor.
You have food on your mouth.
We have diner at 8.
Teachers have an easy job.
Has is used with the third person singular.
He has a wonderful smile.
She has a new dress.
The dish washer has a leak.
It has a hole near the top.
I have = I’ve
you have = you’ve
we have = we’ve
they have = They’ve
he has = he’s
it has = it’s
has not = hasn’t
have not = haven’t
had not = hadn’t
Have and has in questions
Have you been to Cambodia?
Has John gone home yet?
Who has my book?
Has anyone seen my iPad?
Using articles “a” or “an”
- Use an a or an in front of singular nouns even if there is an adjective in front of the noun.
- Do not use an a or an in front of plural nouns. Plural noun tip is look for nouns ending in -s;
- If the noun is not singular or plural (usually un-count nouns), then do not use an a or an in front of the noun.
Using have basics and articles exercise
Use have or has to make these sentences true.
- She ___ a lot of work.
- They ___ a busy night tonight.
- Cambodia ___ a very interesting history.
- They___ drunk all the wine!
- The teachers ___ to leave at 7:30.
- Now that she’s older, she ___ to help her father.
- The girls ___ been here all day.
- Others ___ no say in the matter.
- ___ you got a minute?
- ___ it stopped blowing, yet?
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To read the first article follow the link to Writing English Sentences: What is a Sentence?
To read the second article follow the link to Writing English Parts of Speech.
To read the third article follow the link to Writing English Sentences: Verb be.
To read the fourth article follow the link to Writing English Essays: Stative verbs.