If you are wondering whether to use 'it has' or 'it have,' this article will help clarify that. Because the truth is, it depends.
These two phrases are part of our confusing words article series. We'll explain exactly how to use them on this page.
The verb 'to have' in its basic form is helpful to describe what someone or something has (possession). When using it this way, the correct form would be 'it has.' For example:
This is because 'has' is always the correct conjugation when using the third person singular. The corresponding pronouns are:
Let's see some more examples using these three pronouns:
We could also replace the pronouns with actual names of people or things. For example:
'Have' is also an auxiliary verb, which means it isn't the main verb in a sentence but rather a helping verb. Here are some examples:
In the phrase 'have to,' 'have' is a semi-modal verb. It is used to talk about an obligation, and the same rules apply in terms of conjugation: it is still 'it has.'
Here are some examples:
The following might surprise you, but it is sometimes correct to say 'it have': when asking a question.
If you're asking a question, it is acceptable to use 'it have.' For example:
The same applies to questions with 'she' or 'he,' also third person singular pronouns. For example:
Although you can't exactly use the words 'it' and 'have' together in a negative sentence, you can use 'it doesn't have.' For example:
In summary, 'it has' is the standard correct way unless it is a question or a negative statement.
'It has' or 'it have' can refer to possession, an obligation, or as a helping verb.
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