The conjugation of the verb To Have

Note that the verb To HAVE can be used as both a main verb and an auxiliary verb.
Sometimes together in the same sentence – for example: I have had a great time today.

To Have as a main verb means:

  • To possess – for example: I have a new bicycle.
  • In spoken English we can use ‘have got’ to mean the same as ‘to have’ – see Lesson A2.12
  • To include or contain as a part or whole – for example: The week has seven days.

To Have as an auxiliary verb is used:

  • With the past participle to form the perfect tenses.
  • When there is an obligation to do something – for example: I have to do my homework.



Present Past Future
Simple I have I had I will have
Continuous I am having I was having I will be having
Perfect I have had I had had I will have had
Perfect Continuous I have been having I had been having I will have been having
Conditional I would have I would have had
Cond. Continuous I would be having I would have been having



Present Past Future
Simple I don’t have I didn’t have I won’t have
Continuous I’m not having I wasn’t having I won’t be having
Perfect I haven’t had I hadn’t had I won’t have had
Perfect Continuous I haven’t been having I hadn’t been having I won’t have been having
Conditional I wouldn’t have I wouldn’t have had
Cond. Continuous I wouldn’t be having I wouldn’t have been having


Related Content:

Merriam Webster’s Dictionary – The verb To Have.
Oxford Dictionary – Description and Pronunciation of the verb To Have.

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