Can have...

I have found the following follwing sentence pattern many time, "I don't want these books. You can have it".

Could you explain what the meaning of "You can have" is?

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Jan 18, 2011
Answer: Meaning of Have
by: Ola Zur


The word "have" has several meanings, one of which is "to receive."

For examples:
We will have (= receive) some news soon.
Can I have (= receive) the salt, please?
Can I have (= receive) your attention?

So "you can have it" means "you can receive it."

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