Lexical have

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Lexical have is the use of the English verb have as a lexical verb, rather than an auxiliary verb (auxiliary have). For example;

"I have an apple".

With the simple aspect, and in the absence of modality, this is usually supported with auxiliary do:

  • "Do you have an apple?"
  • "Yes, I do" / "No, I don’t"
  • "I don’t have an apple."

However, less commonly have can also be used as an independent verb, as independent have.