When to use HAVEN’T vs. DON’T HAVE?

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When should we use “haven’t” and when should we use “don’t have”?

When “have” is the MAIN verb, the negative is don’t have / doesn’t have:

  • I don’t have a dog.
  • He doesn’t have any children.

When “have” is the HELPING verb as in the present perfect, then the negative is haven’t / hasn’t:

  • I haven’t finished my homework.
  • She hasn’t been living here very long.

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