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What is the difference between 'hav' and 'have'?

What is the difference between 'hav' and 'have'?

The words hav and have are often confused because they have a similar spelling. We'll help you to understand the difference.

Have means to possess, own, hold when used as a verb.

Hav is not a word.

A good way to remember the difference is Have an E.

Out of the two words, 'have' is the most common. It appears about 6713 times more frequently than 'hav'.



### Is the expression 'to hav been' or 'to have been'? The right phrase is 'to hav been'. These phrases are often confused because they appear similar.

Is the correct expression 'would hav been' or 'would have been'?

You should use 'would hav been'. These phrases are often confused because they appear similar.

What's the correct phrase 'seems to hav' or 'seems to have'?

The right expression is 'seems to hav'. These phrases are often confused because they look similar.

Should I use 'may hav been' or 'may have e been'?

The right expression is 'may hav been'. These phrases are often confused because they are easy to mistype.

Should I use 'must hav been' or 'must have been'?

You should use 'must hav been'. These phrases are often confused because they are easy to mistype.

What's the correct phrase 'seems to have been' or 'seems to hav been'?

The right expression is 'seems to have been'. These phrases are often confused because they look similar.

Should I use 'we have seen ,' or 'we hav seen ,'?

You should use 'we have seen ,'. These phrases are often confused because they are easy to mistype.

Should it be 'have been able to' or 'hav been able to'?

You should use 'have been able to'. These phrases are often confused because they have a similar spelling.

What's the right phrase ', as we have' or ', as we hav'?

The correct expression is ', as we have'. These phrases are often confused because they have a similar spelling.

What's the correct phrase 'appears to have been' or 'appears to hav been'?

The right phrase is 'appears to have been'. These phrases are often confused because they look similar.

Some synonyms of have are: acquire, sustaining, make, obtain, carry.

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The definitions in this article were adapted from Wiktionary.

Dictionary Definition of havDictionary Definition of have

Examples of hav in a sentence

He hav no life."
- Vale of the Vole by Piers Anthony
But she doesn’t seem to hav been ‘thousand-breasted’.
- Three Novels: Molloy, Malone Dies, The Unnamable by Samuel Beckett
We have the same goals as HAV, but our methods are more direct."
- Circus of the Damned by Laurell K. Hamilton
Curse you, Hav, he thought.
- The Way of Kings by Brandon Sanderson
I'll check out HAV and the rest.
- Guilty Pleasures by Laurell K. Hamilton

Examples of have in a sentence

I suppose the sudden cold could have split the plastic hoses.
- Touch of Darkness by C. T. Adams; Cathy Clamp
They recall the hymns that would have been intimately familiar to Dickinson from her childhood on.
- The collected poems of Emily Dickinson by Emily Dickinson; Rachel Wetzsteon
She should have assigned it to a different reporter instead of going herself.
- The Replacement Child by Christine Barber
We didn’t have long to talk.
- The Battle of the Labyrinth by Rick Riordan
At the very least, a malign hacker could have compromised the security of his system.
- In the night room: a novel by Peter Straub
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