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- Nov 30th -0001, 00:00
I haven't many brothers.
- Nov 30th -0001, 00:00
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Guybrush88 - Jun 25th 2012, 19:58
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Guybrush88 - Jun 25th 2012, 19:58
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Kamelio - Oct 10th 2012, 11:36
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Balamax - Nov 18th 2012, 16:00
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I haven't many brothers.

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  1. Feb 22nd 2014, 06:49
    I wonder, this sentence sounds natural or not? It seems to me, it doesn't.
  2. Feb 22nd 2014, 09:35
    I don't know why, but I really don't like this sentence.
    It's not owned by anybody, maybe, you can adopt and correct it?
  3. Feb 22nd 2014, 10:23
    This sort of sentence is unlikely to come up very often, but it has got a meaning (I don't understand judging whether a sentence makes sense based on whether you would use it personally - there are many millions of speakers, so very likely any sentence grammatically and logically valid has a chance of being used at least occasionally).

    Its grammar seems wrong though; using 'have' without the auxiliary 'do' in negation, like modal verbs, is apparently either antiquated or colloquial in certain phrases, but this is not one of those.
    So I guess it's better be "haven't got" or "don't have".
  4. Feb 22nd 2014, 11:12
    CK, Be honest, I don't like it in Russian as well. It means "I have (very) few brothers". I think, it's more natural to say "I have only one brother" or "I have only two brothers", couse three brothers is already "many". But it's owned, and it's correct grammatically.

    Ooneykcall, I agree, it's better. "Haven't brother" is the way, which I learned at school, but I haven't met it in real texts or conversations. Now I don't use it, but I can't judge, if it grammatically correct or not. I just can say, this sentence seems clumsy to me...
  5. 5 day(s) ago
    Szerintem is! Mert mi a ,,sok,, ?

    Inkább: egy testvérem van, vagy egy bátyám van stb. mraz

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