Hidden use of verb – “Have”

The usage of “have”

  • ‘Have’ is used for possession; as,

For example: I have (own) a pen.

They have (own) a Lamborghini.

The first sentence above shows that ‘I’ owns a pen and in the second sentence, ‘they’ own Lamborghini. Now, it is very much clear that we use ‘have’ for showing possession.

 

  • ‘Have’ is used for eating; as,

For example: I have (eat) my lunch.

Do you have (eat) your lunch?

It is pretty clear from above two sentences that we can use ‘have’ for eating.

 

  • The auxiliary ‘have’ is used in the formation of present tenses; as,

For example: I have learned this chapter.

They have done their work.

Both the sentences talk about the action which has done in the near past.

  • ‘Have to’ is used with the infinitive to indicate obligation; as,

I have to be there by five o’clock.

He has to move the furniture himself.

 

In the above two sentences ‘have to’ is used for showing obligation in a specific situation in present tense.

 

  • The past form ‘had to’ is used to express obligation in the past.

I had to be there by five o’clock.

He had to move the furniture himself.

 

In the above two sentences ‘had to’ is used for showing obligation in a specific situation in past tense.

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