Making sure we use the correct verb tense between “has” and “have” with “anyone” is important. This article will explore whether “has anyone” or “have anyone” is correct and what situations apply to which cases.
Is It “Have Anyone” Or “Has Anyone”?
“Have anyone” is correct when the subject has already been defined in the sentence (i.e., “do you have anyone free?”). “Has anyone” is correct when “anyone” is the subject of the sentence (i.e., “has anyone seen my dog?”). They are not interchangeable.
It’s important to remember these key distinctions, and it mostly comes down to the sentence structure that determines how you write them. If you use “has” when you should write “have,” many people will be confused by what you mean. Likewise, doing the opposite is just as problematic.
“Anyone” is a singular word, which is why it’s able to use both “has” and “have” depending on the sentence structure. Even if “anyone” refers to more than one person, it’s still considered a singular word form.
Is “Have Anyone” Or “Has Anyone” Used The Most?
It might help you to know which of the two is used more. That way, you might become more familiar with what form native speakers use.
According to this graph, “have anyone” is used vastly more than “has anyone.” Both phrases were equal in popularity until the late 1900s, where “have anyone” grew exponentially and hasn’t stopped since.
The reason that “have anyone” is more popular is most likely because people use the contexts relevant for it more often. Generally, we use another subject like “you” to ask questions about whether somebody “has anyone” to provide for us.
- Do you have anyone to turn to?
- Do you have anyone else?
Generally, “have anyone” is a question. We use it when we have a subject already listed, and we want to ask for further information. Of course, it doesn’t have to be a questioning case, like with the following:
- He doesn’t have anyone.
In this case, “he” is the subject, which works well to keep “have” as the correct verb tense over “has.”
Does The Same Rule Apply To “Have Anything” Or “Has Anything”?
“Anyone” isn’t the only word we can use after “have” and “has” respectfully. It might be the case that we use any other variation of “any,” which is why it’s important to know what the rule is when using “anything.”
The same rule does apply with “have anything” and “has anything,” and the same result is seen in this graph. “Have anything” is more popular than “has anything” because there are more contexts available to use with it.
It might help you to see “have anything” in action so you understand what makes it different from “have anyone.”
- Do you have anything to ask me?
- Does he have anything worth taking?
Again, “have anything” is mostly a question phrase. We use it when the subject is already available to us, and we’re asking them whether they “have anything.” Again, it doesn’t have to only relate to questions, and answers can apply in the same manner:
- He doesn’t have anything valuable.
Is It “Have Any” Or “Has Any”?
We can completely remove the second word and only use “any” to find out how strict the rule is. In this case, if it turns out that “have any” is more popular, it means the rule applies no matter what word we use.
According to this graph, “have any” is the most popular choice of the two. The same rule applies here, making both correct, but “have any” comes with more contexts and works better for the most part.
Generally, “have any” is used when we already supply the sentence with a subject, exactly the same way that “have anyone” or “have anything” are used.
- Do you have any money?
- Can you have any more?
- He doesn’t have any.
As you can see, “have any” works when the subject is provided already.
We might use “has any” when “any” becomes the subject that we’re asking about in the sentence. In these cases, we don’t use pronouns like “he,” “you,” or “she.”
- Has any time passed?
- Has any food been given out?
Examples Of How To Use “Have Anyone” Or “Has Anyone” In A Sentence
We’ll go further with each example now to help you understand how the sentences work with them in. We’ll start with using “have anyone” and “has anyone” in sentences.
- Do you have anyone worth talking to?
- Does he have anyone out there?
- She doesn’t have anyone, I’m afraid.
- Why can’t we have anyone to talk to?
- You can’t just have anyone!
- Has anyone seen my dog?
- Has anyone done the homework assignment?
- Has anyone tried turning it off and on again?
- Has anyone been around there lately?
- Has anyone logged on yet?
Examples Of How To Use “Have Anything” Or “Has Anything” In A Sentence
Using “have anything” and “has anything” works in much the same way as “anyone,” making these examples much easier to follow.
- I don’t have anything to give you!
- We don’t have anything right now!
- Does he have anything worth stealing?
- Do you have anything for me?
- Why don’t we have anything?
- I don’t think he has anything.
- Has anything happened lately?
- Has anything changed in the last thirty minutes?
- Has anything gone wrong yet?
- Has anything helped?
Examples Of How To Use “Have Any” Or “Has Any” In A Sentence
Finally, let’s look at using “have any” and “has any” as the more versatile of all the other options in this article.
- Have any of your friends been to see you?
- Have any known associates passed by here?
- We don’t think you have any, and that’s okay.
- I don’t have any left!
- Does he have any more left to say?
- Do you think he has any of your friends?
- Has any time passed yet?
- Has any wine been served?
- Do you think she has any time?
- Has any door opened yet?
“Has Anyone Saw” Or “Has Anyone Seen”?
The verb tense after using “anyone” is another problem that we have to look into. Making sure we use the correct verb tense is important, which is why we encourage you to read this section.
“Has anyone seen” is the correct verb tense to use. We have to use the past participle of the verb (which is “seen”) when we’re using the auxiliary verbs “has” or “have.”
The past participle is always the verb tense to use after the auxiliary verb “has” or “have.” This sets up the tense known as the present perfect tense, where something started happening in the past and can still be impacted in the present.
Here are some examples using the correct form (past participle, “seen”) and the incorrect form (simple past tense, “saw”):
- Correct: Has anyone seen my dog?
- Incorrect: Has anyone saw the new movie?
- Correct: Has anyone seen the thing change?
- Incorrect: Has anyone saw it?
Is It “None Of Us Have” Or “None Of Us Has”?
When we use “none” as the opposite of “any,” we have a completely different rule to apply. It’s hard to determine whether “none” is a singular or plural word because it doesn’t mean anything, so it has its own rules.
Both “none of us have” and “none of us has” are correct. We can use them interchangeably, though it’s likely you’ll use “have” when you know the group you’re referencing and “has” when you don’t.
If you’re confused about how they can both be correct, look at the following:
- None of us have any time.
- None of us has any time.
Both of these sentences are correct and mean the same thing. You can use whichever one you want, and many native speakers won’t notice a difference.
“Is Anyone” Or “Are Anyone”?
When we use “anyone,” it’s always the singular form. It’s one of those strange words because, technically, it refers to more than one person, but we only ever use it in the singular sense.
“Is anyone” is the correct phrase, as “is” is the correct singular verb form of “to be” in this case. “Are” is a plural verb form, which is incorrect to use with “anyone.”
To demonstrate this, take a look at the following:
- Correct: Is anyone out there?
- Incorrect: Are anyone here?
- Correct: Is anyone friendly?
- Incorrect: Are anyone alone?
What’s The Difference Between “Anybody” And “Anyone”?
“Anybody” and “anyone” mean the same thing. They both refer to any one person from an unspecified group of people, and we’re usually asking for their help.
According to this graph, “has anyone” is more common to use, making “anyone” the slightly more popular word of the two. It mostly depends on you and which of the two you’d rather use.
Both “anyone” and “anybody” work well:
- Has anyone seen my dog?
- Has anybody seen my dog?
Both of these sentences are correct and they both ask the same thing, which shows that they are synonymous.
Martin holds a Master’s degree in Finance and International Business. He has six years of experience in professional communication with clients, executives, and colleagues. Furthermore, he has teaching experience from Aarhus University. Martin has been featured as an expert in communication and teaching on Forbes and Shopify. Read more about Martin here.