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Video:Learn ESL: How to Use "To Have"

with Alfredo Deambrosi

English speakers use the phrase "to have" in their day-to-day conversations. Watch this how-to video from About.com to learn when to use this in English sentences.See Transcript

Transcript:Learn ESL: How to Use "To Have"

Hello, I'm Alfredo Deambrosi, director of OnTargetEnglish.com, speaking today about using to have for About.com.

Information About Using "To Have"

English speakers use the verb to have to show possession, a relationship or the characteristics of something. The verb to have can be used with any noun.To have is used to show possession: I have a van. Jack has a new van.

Using "To Have" to Show Relationship

To have can also be used to demonstrate a relationship: I have a brother and a sister. They have four children. Now take a look at some examples of to have that reveal the characteristics of something: The cherry tree in my yard has white blooms every spring. Maurice has brown eyes and hair. Love has no limits.

"To Have" to Express Actions

To have is often used to express actions such as: to have a bath, wash, shower, and so forth. I had a shower before breakfast. Have a meal. They have dinner at 6:00 every evening. Have fun. Have fun at the party! Have time available? Do you have a few minutes to discuss the new building plan? I have a couple of ideas to share with you. Have questions? Julie has a question about the Rushmore case. Have a party. Let's have a big surprise party for Amina's 40th birthday. Have a walk, hike, ride, etc. It's such a beautiful day! Let's have a walk after dinner. Have a discussion, fight, argument etc. Amal and Chandra had a big fight when she found out how much he paid for the new sofa.

Other Uses of "To Have"

Sometimes English speakers use have got in place of to have. He's got three sisters. The other team has got red shirts, not yellow.

Have to and have got to are used to show that something is required: I have got to go to the grocery store tonight after work. Our refrigerator is completely empty! You have to clean your room. No arguing! You may need to review the uses of the verb to have and have got several times before you use them effortlessly in your everyday speech. Just remember that they show possession, a relationship, or the characteristics of something.

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