In fact, we can´t do anything, the books for kids have the structure “have got” after the verb “be” in most cases, so we have to explain the proper use. I use both of them. When I´m with children I have to think before asking, if not, they look a bit confused when I say “Do you have any brothers or sisters?”
The future can't be "will have got", because that's the future perfect.
The simple past can't be "had got", etc.
What I'm asking is, for those teachers who teach the verb "have got", how many tenses is it taught in? What are students told when they ask what the past tense or future is?
As Mara says, children don't care about which verb they're declining. I could say that 'I have got'' is an implied abbreviation of 'I am in possession of, as a result of having got', but that wouldn't be helpful to man or beast.
*PS I know you what contrastive stress is Ray, but other people may be interested in following this exchange.
Last edited by BobK; 22-May-2010 at 16:13. Reason: Clarified, and added PS
And I'd say 'had'; for me 'had got' is the past perfect of 'got' - although in cases like 'had got on', meaning 'was wearing', it's obviously not.
I was told once that "have got" was only used in the present tense, to emphasize possession, "got" didn't mean anything in this case like "do" didn't mean anything in "Do you speak English?" for example. As for the past, future.. "have" will be used without "got".
Maybe it's not a grammatically acceptable reasoning, but It helped me to understand when I had to use it. My English teachers where British, so I guess they're trying to say, that if "I've got (whatever)" was a common thing to say, it should be taught.