How to Use Have in Negative Answers about Completed Action

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We learned the use of have in affirmative answers about the completed action in the previous lesson. We have seen that we can use have to show the completed action in present and future tense.

In this lesson, we shall learn how to form negative answers about the completed action using ‘have’.

Construction of a negative answer using ‘have’

The structure of a negative answer is as follows;

  • No, + subject (I/ we/ you/ they/ any other plural noun)+ have not + past participle of the main verb+ other words.

The formation of a sentence in the future tense is as follows;

  • No, + subject (I/we) + shall not have + past participle of the main verb + other words.
  • No, + subject (you/he /she/it/they/any other singular or plural noun) + will not have + past participle of the main verb + other words.

Formation of short negative answers using ‘have’

When a question is asked, short answers are most commonly used.

We use the first verb in a sentence to form the short answer. It may be an auxiliary verb or a form of ‘be.

In this lesson, we are answering the questions starting with ‘have in the present tense and will in future tense.

So, the formation of a short negative answer is as follows-

  • No, + subject (I/ we/ you/ they/ any other plural noun)+ haven’t.
  • No, + subject (I/ we) + shan’t have.
  • No, + subject ( you/ they/ any other plural noun) + won’t have.

Examples of ‘have’ in a negative answer

Let’s see how to use ‘have’ in the negative answers about the completed action with some examples.

In brief, we can say-

  • No, I haven’t.
  • No, I shan’t have.
  • No, we haven’t.
  • No, we shan’t have.
  • No, you haven’t.
  • No, you won’t have.
  • No, they haven’t.
  • No, they won’t have.

Here are some examples. The formation is as above.

Let’s Have a look-

  1. No, I have not submitted all the documents to the office.
    (No, I haven’t.)
  2. No, we have not complained about the water scarcity at the building.
    (No, we haven’t.)
  3. No, I have not come here to ask your pardon.
    (No, I haven’t.)
  4. No, you have not taken your luggage with you.
    (No, you haven’t.)
  5. No, the people have not gathered together to oppose the company rules.
    (No, they haven’t.)
  6. No, they have not played football on the ground in the rain.
    (No, they haven’t.)
  7. No, I have not spent most of my time in Mumbai.
    (No, I haven’t.)
  8. No, they have not called me on the occasion of a party.
    (No, they haven’t.)
  9. No, I shall not have completed my work on time.
    (No, I shan’t have.)
  10. No, we shall not have washed all our clothes tomorrow.
    (No, we shan’t have.)
  11. No, he will not have caught a thief next week.
    (No, he won’t have.)
  12. No, I shall not have created a Grammar website.
    (No, I shan’t have.)
  13. No, they will not have thrown a party of success.
    (No, they won’t have.)
  14. No, a teacher will not have sent you the homework by email.
    (No, he /she won’t have.)
  15. No, she will not have called him for asking his help.
    (No, she won’t have.)
  16. No, you will not have come to meet me at my home.
    (No, you won’t have.)
  17. No, I have not finished my homework at night.
    (No, I haven’t.)
  18. No, we have not watched the first show of that movie on the first day.
    (No, we haven’t.)
  19. No, she will not have done it very well.
    (No, she won’t have.)
  20. No, Prachi will not have decided to go there to attend an event.
    (No, she won’t have.)
  21. No, reporters have not written a report on the resulting process of competitive exams.
    (No, they haven’t.)
  22. No, the girls have not scored more marks than the boys in this year’s tenth class.
    (No, they haven’t.)
  23. No, I have not played the piano at that event.
    (No, I haven’t.)
  24. No, the doctors will not have prescribed the new medicine to the patients.
    (No, they won't have.)
  25. No, her colleagues have not enjoyed her birthday party at the five-star hotel.
    (No, they haven’t.)
  26. No, I have not served there for almost ten years.
    (No, I haven’t.)
  27. No, they have not lived in Mumbai for twenty years.
    (No, they haven’t.)
  28. No, I have not studied Shakespeare in my postgraduation period.
    (No, I haven’t.)
  29. No, we have not climbed those mountains several times.
    (No, we haven’t.)
  30. No, she will not have spent her two years at her favourite place.
    (No, she won't have.)

Related Lessons-

  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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