When to use ‘has’ and ‘have’

Grammar Dictionary Definition

It’s amazing how words we use every day can trip us up so spectacularly. Take ‘has’ and ‘have’ for example.

Both words can be used to show possession and they are important when it comes to perfect tense.

‘Had’ is the past tense of both ‘has’ and ‘have’

‘To have’ is a verb and as is often the case in French, this verb changes according to whether it is used with he/she.

  • I have
  • He has (singular)
  • She has (singular)
  • They have (more than one)
  • We have (more than one)

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The word have is used with some pronouns and plural nouns:

  • I have a great boyfriend
  • You have spilt coffee down your top
  • We have an appointment at 10.30am
  • Teachers have a challenging job

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Has is used with the third person singular:

  • He has great teeth
  • She has a new dress
  • The jumper has a hole in it
  • The projector has stopped working
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