How to convert sentences using 'has' or 'has been' into questions?

For example:

His uncle has a big car.

She has been working at that company for three years

What are the basic rules for such scenarios?


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When has is being used as an auxiliary verb, you can simply change subject has to has subject, e.g.

Has she been working at that company for three years?

When it's used to denote possession, you usually add an auxiliary does:

Does his uncle have a big car?

  • Exactly. It might be added, for the benefit of learners who encounter older literature, that many writers and speakers employed the 'inverted' construction with lexical HAVE ("Has his uncle a big car?") well into the twentieth century. Commented Aug 9, 2014 at 11:50
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    And in British English, many still do so, though usually with the word got: "Has his uncle got a big car?"
    – Colin Fine
    Commented Aug 9, 2014 at 15:06

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