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    Default I`ve got a problem with *have got*

    Dear friends, I need help!
    Situation: I want to tell a person, that I`ve spent a lot of time in subway to arrive to the place of meeting. So my opponent thinks that I can say - *I`ve got here by subway*, but I`m not quite sure, that this form is correct.
    Please tell me, if it`s wrong

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    Default Re: I`ve got a problem with *have got*

    It does not sound natural to me- it's not the right verb and it doesn't convey the idea that it took a long time IMO.

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    Default Re: I`ve got a problem with *have got*

    Thank`s. One more question - if I just want to say, that I`ve arrived/it was a subway (nothing about time) - I`ve got here by subway - is correct?

    Many thanks)

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    Default Re: I`ve got a problem with *have got*

    Quote Originally Posted by Nataly B View Post
    Thank`s. One more question - if I just want to say, that I`ve arrived/it was a subway (nothing about time) - I`ve got here by subway - is correct?

    Many thanks)
    "I came on the subway."
    Both "I've got here on the subway" and "I got here on the subway" sound strange. But I'd prefer the second if you had to pick one of these. There's no need for the present perfect, just as you would not say, "I've come on the subway."
    You are no longer on the subway. It's in the past. Use the past tense.

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    Default Re: I`ve got a problem with *have got*

    In BrE, you'll hear "I got here on the bus/train/tram" or "I got here ten minutes ago" quite a lot. to get here = to arrive
    Remember - correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing make posts much easier to read.

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    Default Re: I`ve got a problem with *have got*

    In BrE, you'll hear "I got here on the bus/train/tram" or "I got here ten minutes ago" quite a lot. to get here = to arrive
    But the present perfect would be unusual.

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    Dear friends, thanks a lot! It was very important to me

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    Default Re: I`ve got a problem with *have got*

    Quote Originally Posted by Tdol View Post
    But the present perfect would be unusual.
    Yes, absolutely agreed. I just wanted to make it clear that "to get somewhere" is perfectly acceptable in BrE.
    Remember - correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing make posts much easier to read.

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    Default Re: I`ve got a problem with *have got*

    Quote Originally Posted by Raymott View Post
    "I came on the subway."
    Both "I've got here on the subway" and "I got here on the subway" sound strange. But I'd prefer the second if you had to pick one of these. There's no need for the present perfect, just as you would not say, "I've come on the subway."
    You are no longer on the subway. It's in the past. Use the past tense.
    "I came on the subway" sounds right to me

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    Default Re: I`ve got a problem with *have got*

    Quote Originally Posted by Tdol View Post
    But the present perfect would be unusual.
    Hello,

    I'm a bit confused about the answers. I thought when someone tell me that they have come , I take it as they mean they have just come. Dropping the word "just" and using the present perfect, to my opinion , should give us the same idea. Am I right or is my interpretation wrong?

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