ENGLISH LESSONS

LESSON THREE: the verb "have"

The verb "have" is the third most important verb to learn after the verbs "be" and "do." It can be a main verb and a helping verb. Click here for Study Guide #3.

 

In this first example, "have" is a main verb.

1. I have a sandwich. (have = main verb)

This sentence is in the present tense.

 

When the verb "have" is in the present tense, it looks like this:

    singular plural
    I have We have
    You have You have
    He has  
    She has They have
    It has  

 

 

 

 

This is also what the verb "have" looks like when it's used as a helping verb for some perfect tenses.

 

In the second example, "have" is a main verb  and "be" is a helping verb.

2. I'm having a sandwich for lunch. (have = main verb)

This sentence is in the present continuous tense.

 

When the verb "have" is in the present continuous tense, it looks like this:

    singular plural
    I am having We are having
    You are having You are having
    He is having  
    She is having They are having
    It is having  

 

 

 

 

Notice that the verb"be" changes according to the subject, and the main verb, "have" has an "ing" ending, "having."

 

In the third example, "have" is a helping verb and a main verb.

3. They have had that car for over ten years. (have = helping verb and main verb)

This sentence is in the present perfect tense.

The video below shows how "have" can be used as a helping verb.

 

 

In the fourth example, the verb  "have" is the main verb and it's in the simple form.

4. Did she have any trouble with her computer?

This question is in the past tense.

The video below shows you how to answer questions that use the verb "have" in the present and past tense. It's not as easy as you might think!

 

 

In the fifth example, the verb "have" is part of a modal verb phrase: have to.

5. Do we have to go to school today?

This question is in the present tense. The phrase "have to" is similar to the modal verb "must." The main verb is "go."

The video below shows how to use "have to."

 

 

More lessons will be added as they are being developed.

 

 

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