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    Default Have got to

    "Look, I've got to get back to the flat, I've got loads of studying to do."

    My questions are,

    1.Where we use "have got to"?
    2.Can we write "I've got to get back to the flat." as "I've to get back to the flat."? If not then what is the difference in meaning?
    3.Can we write "I've got loads of studying to do." as "I've got loads of study to do."? If not then what is the difference in meaning?

    Please answer above questions.
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    Default Re: Have got to

    Quote Originally Posted by shibli.aftab View Post
    "Look, I've got to get back to the flat, I've got loads of studying to do."

    My questions are,

    1.Where we use "have got to"?
    2.Can we write "I've got to get back to the flat." as "I've to get back to the flat."? If not then what is the difference in meaning? There is no difference in meaning.
    3.Can we write "I've got loads of studying to do." as "I've got loads of study to do."? If not then what is the difference in meaning? There is no difference in meaning. However, the first one is more natural.

    Please answer above questions.
    Thanks
    Bhai.

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    Default Re: Have got to

    "Studying" is present participle of "study", but sentence is in present perfect tense, so in question no 3, how come first sentence is more natural?
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    Default Re: Have got to

    Quote Originally Posted by shibli.aftab View Post
    "Studying" is present participle of "study", but sentence is in present perfect tense, so in question no 3, how come first sentence is more natural?
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    I am not an NES. However, I know that putting ING after a verb can also form a Gerund. It seems to be this case for the above sentence.

    "Loads of studying" depicts more vividly the action/activity of "study" to me. Hope this helps.
    Last edited by hkgoddess; 19-Apr-2013 at 07:19. Reason: additional point

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    Default Re: Have got to

    Quote Originally Posted by hkgoddess View Post
    I am not an NES. However, I know that putting 'ing' after a verb can also form a gerund. This seems to be the case in the above sentence.
    I agree.

    Rover

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    Default Re: Have got to

    Quote Originally Posted by shibli.aftab View Post
    "Studying" is present participle of "study", but the sentence is in present perfect tense,
    Although originally the present perfect of GET, 'I've got' in your sentence is functioning as a present tense equuivalent to 'I have'.

    It would actually make no difference if the tenses were different. 'Studying' (the gerund) and 'study' (the noun) would not change.

    I have (got) loads of study/studying to do.
    I had loads of study/studying to do.
    I will have leads of study/studying to do.

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    Default Re: Have got to

    The gerund must be used when a verb comes after a preposition, and "of" is a preposition.So, study+ing is used after "of".
    Am i right?
    Please make me clear.


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    Default Re: Have got to

    Quote Originally Posted by shibli.aftab View Post
    The gerund must be used when a verb comes after a preposition, and "of" is a preposition.So, study+ing is used after "of".


    The gerund functions as a noun, and it is this, or the other noun (study), and not a verb, which follows the preposition 'of'.

    Rover

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    Default Re: Have got to


    I will have leads of study/studying to do.
    Definition of lead | Collins English Dictionary
    I donít understand the meaning of 'leads' here. Will you clear it up, please?


    Thank you.

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    Default Re: Have got to

    Quote Originally Posted by Odessa Dawn View Post
    I don’t understand the meaning of 'leads' here. Will you clear it up, please?
    I believe it's just a typo.
    It should read "loads".

    Regards
    R21

    PS: Looks like a case of Odessa's rules applying (non-NES sees individual letters whereas an NES only sees what he/she expects the word to be)!
    Last edited by Route21; 21-Apr-2013 at 04:12. Reason: OD's rule

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