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VOCABULARY BOOST: HAVE

HAVE is one of the most basic words in the English language, but its use can be a little difficult as in its use as an auxiliary verb. This post will have a look at HAVE and in which situations we can use it. It will also offer a vocabulary boost with useful collocations with HAVE.

THE USE OF HAVE

 

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HAVE as a general verb:

We generally use have to talk about ownership or possession.

For example, I have a white car. I have 104 friends. I don´t have a cat.

 

HAVE in the present perfect:

When have is used as part of the present perfect, it becomes an auxiliary verb and the meaning is no longer about possession. We use have + past participle

For instance, I have been to Peru. She has travelled the world. You haven´t finished yet. 

Possibly the most confusing part is that we can use have got to express possession, even though it is the present perfect.

Take a look at, I have got a red computer. You haven´t got a big house.

 

HAVE can also be used in the future perfect:

I will have finished my homework by 8pm.

 

HAVE can also be used as part of the modal perfect;

I might have passed if I had studies more.

 

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Collocations with HAVE:

Have a look at

Have a good time

Have fun

Have a helping hand

Have a bath

Have a shower

Have an appointment

Have an argument/quarrel

Have an advantage

Have a baby

Have a bite to eat

Have a break

Have a meeting

Have business

Have a chance

Have an opportunity

Have an exam

Have a chat

Have a conversation

Have an excuse

Have a grudge

Have a headache

Have a laugh

Have a meal

Have a nap

Have a good sleep

Have a party

Have a point

Have a plan

Have a problem

Have a relationship

Have a talk

Have time

Have trouble

Have a word with someone

Have word (to do)

Have a job

Have in common

Have an accident

Have difficulty in (doing) something

Have a feeling

Have a dream

Have a try/go

Have a snooze

Have a lie down

Have an enemy in (someone)

Have a fight

Have a shave

Have a hair-cut

Have a workout

Have a stretch

Have a drink

Have a beer

Have a taste

Have a smell

Have a listen

 

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Phrasal verbs with HAVE:

Have against – I have nothing against you, but we have nothing in common

Have around – (invite) We had our neighbour round for tea yesterday

Have down as – (consider as) I have him down as a lazy worker

Have in – We had the builders in to fix the roof

Have in for – (dislike someone) My boss has it in for me

Have off

  • I had Monday off work to move house
  • (slang = sexual relations) My girlfriends and I had it off

Have on

  • (not carry) I don´t have my keys on me
  • (wear) You have a hat on

Have out with – I had it out with my employee about his mistake

Have over – (the same as have around)

Have up (on charges) – The police have him up on charges for criminal damage

 

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HAVE as part of the causative:

The causative is used when we pay, make or delegate someone else to do something for us.

 

FORM = NOUN + HAVE/GET + NOUN + PAST PARTICIPLE (+ BY/WITH + NOUN/SUBJECT)

 

Examples:                                                                 Meaning:

I get my hair cut by the barber on Main Street.                   The barber on Main Street cuts my hair.

I have my shopping delivered to my house.                          The shopping is delivered to my house.

I am going to have the house painted.                                   I will pay someone to paint my house.

I had my car fixed at the garage.                                              The mechanic fixed my car at the garage.

 

*Using get is more informal than have but has exactly the same meaning and is more common in spoken English.

 

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To enhance your understand of HAVE you need to practice and use all 4 skills needed for language (READING, WRITING, SPEAKING AND LISTENING). We hope you have found the latest example of our series on VOCABULARY useful.

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