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    Hi

    What is the best way to teach pre-intermediate students expressions such as

    Ive got a cough
    Ive got a headache
    I feel nauseous


    and how would I emphasise the correct use of form and pronunciation?

    I'm a new English teacher and would appreciate any help.

    Thank you.

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    Default Re: Best way to teach expressions?

    I am not a teacher; I simply couldn't help but poke around. I never did like the expression, "I've got this or that" unless "got" means "received." In your examples, "got" doesn't need a helping verb.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tuco View Post
    I am not a teacher; I simply couldn't help but poke around. I never did like the expression, "I've got this or that" unless "got" means "received." In your examples, "got" doesn't need a helping verb.
    I don't understand what point you are making.

    All three of those sentences are natural in British English.
    I've got is a prefectly acceptable alternative to 'I have' in all but very formal English.
    Omitting the auxiliary HAVE in the first two changes the tense.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 5jj View Post
    I don't understand what point you are making.

    All three of those sentences are natural in British English.
    I've got is a prefectly acceptable alternative to 'I have' in all but very formal English.
    Omitting the auxiliary HAVE in the first two changes the tense.
    All three are perfectly natural in American English as well. The problem is that in America, people don't realize that it is improper grammar.
    I've got may be perfectly acceptable, but that is a discussion of standards. Standard English does not refer to proper grammar; they are separate accounts.
    Omitting the auxiliary HAVE in the first two changes the tense, but that is only evasive action. I'm sure you know that my suggestion was to omit GOT, leaving the sentence, "I have a headache."

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    No, that wasn't clear to me at all. When you said that the helping verb for "got" could be omitted I read that as your recommending "I got a headache."

    And I completely disagree that "I've got" is improper grammar.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    No, that wasn't clear to me at all. When you said that the helping verb for "got" could be omitted I read that as your recommending "I got a headache."

    And I completely disagree that "I've got" is improper grammar.
    OK Barb. I'm sorry if it wasn't clear to you. Regardless, there are only a couple ways to take my comment. You either omit "have" or "got" and the results are obvious.

    You disagree that it is improper grammar? Well, I may be wrong. May I ask then, in the sentence, "I've got a headache," what does "got" mean?

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    Default Re: Best way to teach expressions?

    Quote Originally Posted by chancesz View Post
    What is the best way to teach pre-intermediate students expressions such as

    • I’ve got a cough....• I’ve got a headache....• I feel nauseous

    and how would I emphasise the correct use of form and pronunciation?
    Sorry, chancesz. This thread has gone right away from your original question. I am moving it to s fresh thread to give it a chance. Those who wish to respond to it should go here.
    Last edited by 5jj; 27-Jul-2012 at 20:02.

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