We can use either have or have got when we are talking about possession, relationships, illnesses and characteristics.
- More common in an informal style.
- More common in British English.
- To make questions and negative sentences we use the auxiliary verb have.
- Normally used in Present Tenses
- More common in American English
- To make questions and negative sentences we use the auxiliary verb do.
- Can be used in Present, Past and Future tenses.
Note the way in which we form short answers and question tags with have got and have:
– Have you got a sore throat as well as a runny nose? – Does this music school have enough pianos?
– No, I haven’t. – No, it doesn’t.
– But you’ve got a high temperature, haven’t you? – But you have enough opportunities to practise, don’t you?
– Yes, I have. – No, we don’t.