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Using HAS in the present tense or past tense?


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Using HAS in the present tense or past tense?





‘Has’ is a verb in the present tense on any given day. Its past equivalent is ‘had’. Now to develop a clear understanding of ‘has’, it needs to be studied in both its avatars, as the main verb and as a helping verb. Observe:


Context one: main verb


As the main verb has implied possessing or owning something. Observe some examples:


  • He has a nice car.
  • Rita has a new job.
  • She has a polite manner of speaking.


The sentences illustrate that has as the main verb is used in the present tense and only along with He/She/It/Name, in the positive sentences. In the negative and interrogative sentences however, the same has will change to have. Observe:




  • He doesn’t have a nice car.
  • Rita doesn’t have a new job.
  • She doesn’t have a polite manner of speaking.


Interrogative :


  • Does he have a nice car?
  • Does Rita have a new job?
  • Does she have a polite manner of speaking?


Now let’s have a look at ‘has’ as the auxiliary/helping verb:


Context two: Auxiliary verb


Has as an auxiliary/helping verb used in the present perfect tense with he/she/it


It is used when something occurred in the recent past and is still in action. Observe a sentence in all 3 forms.

  • She has taken up a new job. (She took up the job recently and still keeps it)
  • She hasn’t taken up a new job. (She didn’t take up the job and is still jobless)
  • Has she taken up a new job? (The speaker was unaware if she’s taken the job and still is.)


Now I do realize that the concept of helping verbs can be a bit ticklish, which is why I’m sharing my video here on Do/does/did/have/has/had. Hope it helps. Best wishes! 🙂




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Reference: Mohit Sehgal , ( Linguist | YouTube Language & Grammar Coach | IELTS Coach ). ” Is “has” present tense or past tense? ”  originally appeared on Quora, the place to gain and share knowledge, empowering people to learn from others and better understand the world.

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