the verb “to Have”

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The verb “to have” is one of the most important verbs in the English language. It can be used both as a main verb and an auxiliary verb. Today we are going to look at the affirmative form of the “to have” as a main verb in the present simple.

The verb “to have” expresses possession of objects, characteristics and relationships. It may also be used to express an action, especially when eating, drinking or consuming something. Look at some examples:
Il verbo “to have” esprime possesso, caratteristiche e relazioni. Può anche essere usato per esprimere azioni, soprattutto quelle legate al bere o consumare qualcosa. Ecco degli esempi:

– I always have a shower before I have breakfast.
Faccio sempre la doccia prima di fare colazione.

– He always has coffee and toast in the morning before work.
Ogni mattina, prima del lavoro, prende un caffè e mangia un toast.

Take a look at this short paragraph about John and Mary’s life to see how “to have” is used:

John and Mary have a big house by the sea. They have a dog named Jack and he has blue eyes and grey fur. Every morning John and Mary have breakfast out on their terrace overlooking the sea. They love having barbecues on the beach. They have great weather all year round so it’s not a problem. They both have good jobs which is why they can afford to have such a luxurious life. John and Mary have everything they need to be happy.
John e Mary hanno una casa grande vicino al mare. Hanno un cane che si chiama Jack che ha gli occhi azzurri e il pelo grigio. Ogni mattina John e Mary fanno colazione nella loro terrazza che dá sul mare. Adorano fare barbecue sulla spiaggia. C’è bel tempo tutto l’anno, per cui non è un problema. Entrambi hanno un buon lavoro, per cui si possono permettere di vivere il lusso. John e Mary hanno tutto ciò di cui hanno bisogno per essere felici.

• Remember that the third person form of “to have” is “has.”

• Remember that “to have” is more common in American English to talk about possession and “have got” is more common in British English.

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