When "have got" is used to indicate possession or instead of "have to", is "got" the past or past participle of "get"?
Re: have got
got functions as the past participle of get when used to mean belongs to (i.e. possession) or has to (i.e. must/ought to).
Originally Posted by Andy
That means that in US English get has two past participles :mad:
I think with possesion and obligation, it kind of acts as if it were he present simple, eg I've got a pen. (having got it I now possess it.) I think it's really used because it's easier to say. Nevertheless, this is truly a strange construction.
I have added it to my Venn diagram, which is now getting a tad unweildy. I never knew verb patterns were so complicated. I have to get round to writing stuff in some of the new links now. Oh well, it's got to be done. :)
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