My friend asked for me for a scale. So I said:

  1. Sorry but I don't have it. (can there be an alternative?)

Is the use of "have" natural?

And: Can there be another "more natural" way (alternative) to describe this?

  • Normal scale. "Like a 15cm scale". "30cm" scale. @Michael Harvey. – It's about English Feb 14 at 9:30
  • So is it right? And any alternatives? – It's about English Feb 14 at 10:52
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    Sounds like you want ruler, rather than scale. – SamBC Feb 14 at 14:17
  • @SamBC See en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Scale_ruler - Technically, it's a scale to measure, a ruler to draw lines. – Davo Feb 14 at 15:38
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    Note that "I don't have it" is generally used when you're referring to a particular scale - one that your friend lent to you or one that she knows that you often carry with you. If she's asking for any scale at all (not a particular one), you would say, "I don't have one." – Canadian Yankee Feb 14 at 22:15

I see no problem with the use of have. But what does sound a bit off to me is the use of it.

"Do you have a scale?"

Here, no specific scale has been mentioned. So, rather than using it, I would use one:

"Sorry, but I don't have one."

On the other hand, if the question had been about a specifically identified scale, then it would have been more appropriate:

"Do you have the scale?"
"Sorry, but I don't have it."


It's natural. Another way would be to say "I haven't got it".

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