Venus hasn't / doesn't have a moon.

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- Venus has a moon .

Is it correct to say : Venus hasn't a moon .


Venus doesn't have a moon

Which one is correct and why ?

  • Fabulist

    American English
    USA—doesn't have
    British Isles—hasn't a [?]

    It doesn't violate any special USA grammar rules, but I can't imagine an American saying, "Venus hasn't a moon." An American would say, "Venus doesn't have a moon." If I heard someone say the "hasn't a" version, I would assume that they had learned British English or one of its more recent and closely-related derivatives, not American English. I would understand that the speaker meant that Venus has no moon, and I don't think any other American would be puzzled, either.


    Senior Member
    UK, English
    I wouldn't say "hasn't a moon". In British English we add "got": "Venus hasn't got a moon".
    However, this sounds a bit too much like an everyday situation (I haven't got a bike, I haven't got much time) and I'd be more inclined to use "doesn't have", even though I've never lived in the USA:).

    PS Maybe in this case I'd be more likely to say "Venus has no moons".


    Moderato con anima (English Only)
    English (Singapore/UK), basic Chinese
    Venus hasn't a moon sounds like rather old-fashioned BE. If I heard it now, I would expect it to be an old speaker.

    As others have said, this would still be understood by English speakers. The American singer Frank Sinatra recorded a song entitled 'I haven't the time to be a millionaire' in the 1940s.
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