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    Default Have vs. Got

    What is the difference between Have and Got? Please, I need some examples.

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    Default Re: Have vs. Got

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    "Have" and "got" can both be used to denote possession (they often come together, in fact):
    "He has a bad case of the flu." --- "He has got a bad case of the flu."
    "He has an Audi." --- "He has got an Audi."

    You may also hear it in the future tense, though not as often because it sounds a bit more verbose (though it's only one extra syllable):
    "He will have enough money to rent an apartment." --- "He will have gotten enough money to rent an apartment."

    However, you don't really see "got" used this way in the past tense:
    You can say, "He had a drinking problem," but "He had got a drinking problem," is incorrect.

    They're also used to convey obligation:
    "You have to go to the family reunion." --- "You have got to go the family reunion."

    "Get" has additional meanings of "to obtain, retrieve, or receive":
    "Martha, would you get the flour out of the pantry, please?"
    "She got the utility bill in the mail yesterday."

    As well as some other harder to pin down meanings:
    "Hey, could you get the lights on your way out?"
    "He got a little cantankerous after a few Tequila shots."
    "I'm getting hungry."
    "They got married under the Eiffel Tower."

    I hope this is at least somewhat helpful.
    Last edited by SlickVic9000; 19-Dec-2012 at 14:37.

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    Default Re: Have vs. Got

    Nice examples of differences by SlickVic900. I would add that especially in AmE, for example, rather than, "Have you got change for the vending machine?" you would more likely hear, "Do you have change.....?"

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    Default Re: Have vs. Got

    Thank you so much!

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