How to Use Have in a Negative Sentence

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In the previous lesson, we have seen the use of have to explain the possession of something. We can use ‘have with ‘I’,’ we’, ‘you’, and ‘they’ or plural nouns in the present.

Let’s see how to use ‘have’ in a negative sentence.

Use of ‘have to explain non-possession

In this lesson, we will explain how to use ‘have’ to describe the non-possession of something in the present.

Formation of a negative sentence using ‘have’

In these sentences, ‘have’ is used as the main verb.

We shall see how to form a negative sentence to explain the non-possession of something.

Negatives using ‘have’ with ‘do’ are more common than negatives without do.

In this lesson, we shall see how to form a sentence with ‘don’t have’.

Formation of a sentence using ‘don’t have

We can form a sentence as follows:

  • Subject (I/you/we/any plural noun) + don’t + have + other words + full stop (.)

In these sentences, ‘have’ is used as the main verb and ‘do as an auxiliary.


Let’s see how to use ‘have’ in the negative sentences to explain possession with some examples.

Here are some examples.

Let’s have a look:

  1. I don’t have a book with pictures.
  2. We don’t have six notebooks in our cupboard.
  3. You don’t have a new calendar on the wall.
  4. They don’t have a CPU with a graphics card.
  5. I don’t have too much homework.
  6. We don’t have a shoe rack with a blue cover.
  7. You don’t have an artistic viewpoint.
  8. I don’t have a sister who is two years younger than me. (relationship)
  9. I don’t have a green skirt with white patches.
  10. You don’t have a blue shirt with a polo collar.
  11. They don’t have five files of card paper.
  12. I don’t have a severe headache. (physical feeling)
  13. You don’t have a backache due to the overriding of a bicycle.
  14. We don’t have our own cricket kit.
  15. They don’t have a water tank in their house.
  16. I don’t have a meeting at 2 p.m. today.
  17. We don’t have a two-bedroom flat in that building.
  18. You don’t have an iPhone to use for shooting that event.
  19. They don’t have a white car.
  20. Nurses don’t have a difficult job.
  21. Teachers don’t have a vacation for one month.
  22. Those boys don’t have blue dresses.
  23. Birds don’t have wings.
  24. Animals don’t have tails.
  25. Squirrels don’t have bushy tails.
  26. I don’t have a new black jersey.
  27. You don’t have a new haircut today.
  28. They don’t have a football match next week.
  29. I don’t have a big assignment this week.
  30. They don’t have two cotton bags.

    Related lessons to the formation of a negative sentence using ‘have

  1. Use of ‘am’ to explain the state of being
  2. Use of is to tell about the profession
  3. Use of pronoun ‘these’ in questions
  4. Use of will in negative answers
  5. Use of have in the questions

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