How to use: have, have to, have been, have & V3, have been & Ving

Ways to use have and has

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Ways to use have and has: I have

We use have or has, to show possession, to show something belongs to you.

  • I have a pen
  • We have a big house.
  • He has 3 sisters and 2 brothers.
  • Sally has a daughter.
  • The girl has long hair.
  • The dog has a bone.

I have to

We use “have to” to express a strong obligation imposed by a rule or by the law.

  • You have to watch this lesson, It’s very important.
  • Doctors sometimes have to work on weekends.
  • Techers don’t have to work on Friday.
  • In Britain, people don’t have to carry a passport with them.
  • I have to leave this office.
  • Look at me, i really have to get home.
  • If one of us has to leave, I’ll go.
  • She has to believe you when she sees this, jack.

I have + Verb 3 (past participle)

We use it with the present perfect tense, we use this tense to talk about a recent action, or, an action that happened in the past, or, an action that started in the past and continues in the present.

  • My son has seen the movie.
  • Sally has done her homework.
  • i have worked with this company since 2014.
  • Emma has liked him for Weeks.
  • It has not rained for Months.
  • I have just eaten an apple,
  • Ken has just seen his new baby.
  • I have recently visited my mother.
  • My brother has not played football since 2016.

I have been to

We use it with Present Perfect tense too.

  • I have been to Australia.
  • have you been to the USA? Yes, I have been to the USA 3 times.
  • I have been to three different grocery stores.
  • How long have you been in California? I have been in California for six years.
  • Sally has never been to Syria.
  • We have been together for 2 years.
  • He has been a salesman for 7 years.

I have been + verb 1 with ing

We use it with Present Perfect Continuous to talk about a finished activity in the recent past.

  • We have been studying English for 3 years.
  • jack has been waiting for my lessons for 7 days.
  • She has been eating for 2 hours.
  • I have just been cleaning my car.
  • You have been reading my examples.
  • I have not been eating much lunch lately. I have been going to the gym at lunchtime.

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