But the drop-down under "polli" says "chicken (meat)". In Italian, how does one distinguish between live chickens and chicken meat?
Singular and plural.
"Pollo": meat or chicken. "io non mangio pollo": meat. "Io non mangio il pollo": this very piece of poultry (alive or dead) that I have in front of me. "Polli": chickens, as in the sentence :-)
That is true, but the sentence "I don't have chickens" sounds strange. People would use the verb "own" when referring to the animal, and "have" with the meat. At least, in my experience, since people, for the most part, tend to eat chicken and not other animals like dogs or cats.
why don't we say " i haven't" but "i don't have"? At school i learn "i haven't" when we haven't something
This is a comment on English usage not Italian. But- I believe that using "haven't" to indicate not having something is more common in the U.K. than in Canada and the U.S. In North America most people say "I don't have any cash" rather than "I haven't any cash." Both are completely correct.
In the United States we do not say "I haven't the books" we say "I don't have the books. We would only say haven't (usually) if we have not done something: "I haven't cooked the meat".
Indeed. To have can be used as a regular verb (=to own, to possess) or as an auxiliary verb. As a verb, the negative is formed using the "don't/doesn't"; as an auxiliary "hasn't/haven't".
The same form goes for question:
Do you have a dog? (verb: possession. Not *have you a dog?) Have you met him? (auxiliary).
Note: in "have got", "have" is a verb": "have you got a car?" "No, i haven't got a car" :-)
I put in "I do not have chickens," and it told me I was meant to say, "I do not have any chickens." Doesn't make sense.
where's the "any" part? I wrote "I do not have the chickens" which is incorrect because I put "the" in the sentence, but it was count wrong for not saying "I do not have ANY chickens".... confused AF is the "any" implied?
My previous sentence was "I have the chickens". Something isn't right here ...
I wrote " I don't have chickens". It was marked wrong in favour of "I do not have chickens" I think DL needs to take some English lessons.
I wrote ,,i have no chickens,, i think it's ok. ( I can't speak English, so maybe my version is bad)
I don't have chickens. was marked as using the wrong word. Hello? Please correct.