HAVE vs. HAVE GOT

Standard

HAVE:GOT

We can use either have or have got when we are talking about possession, relationships, illnesses and characteristics.

HAVE GOT:

  • 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

HAVE:

  • 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.

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