What I have to Do?

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fabdal

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Italiano
Hi there
I have a little doubt.
Is it right to ask "What Have I to Do?"
or "What I have to do?"
thank you
 
  • wind-sky-wind

    Senior Member
    Japanese
    "What do I have to do?" (or "What should I do?") is common.
    "What have I to do?" is classical British English.

    "I wonder what I have to do" is correct, and you can't say it's wrong to say just "what I have to do?"
     

    sound shift

    Senior Member
    English - England
    It depends what you mean by "classical", w-s-w. "What have I to do?" is not currently the normal way of phrasing this question in BrE.
    "What I have to do?" is not a valid question in any variety of English.
    "What do I have to do?" is indeed common (in both AmE and BrE).
     
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    vayatalaya

    Senior Member
    Spanish (Spain).
    It depends what you mean by "classical", w-s-w. "What have I to do?" is not currently the normal way of phrasing this question in BrE.
    "What I have to do?" is not a valid question in any variety of English. In a exam, it would be incorrect but I bet that in the colloquial speech is quite normal to find. I found it several times knowing that it is incorrect though! :)
    "What do I have to do?" is indeed common (in both AmE and BrE).
    Thanks for the explanations! :thumbsup:
     

    vayatalaya

    Senior Member
    Spanish (Spain).
    No, in the colloquial speech of native speakers, "What I have to do?" is not at all normal.
    Good observation :thumbsup:, cause, with English we have a special phenomenon, so many people speak English in a non-native way as I do. I just want to say in regard, that I saw it so many times. :)
     
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