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    Nataly B is offline Newbie
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    Default Re: I`ve got a problem with *have got*

    I`m surprised so much discussion!
    But I`m not quite sure, that I`ve got an answer.
    I still don`t understand : "I've got here on the subway" - is it possible to use "`ve" in this example?

    Many thanks for your attention)

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

    Don't use it. It's possible to create a context where it might be said, but as many people said, it's not a natural sentence.

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

    Quote Originally Posted by Nataly B View Post
    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 :roll:
    I came by subway.

    I arrived by subway.

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

    Quote Originally Posted by Nataly B View Post
    I`m surprised so much discussion!
    But I`m not quite sure, that I`ve got an answer.
    I still don`t understand : "I've got here on the subway" - is it possible to use "`ve" in this example?

    Many thanks for your attention)
    No. You do not use "I've" or "got." One does not say, "I have got here..." Instead, it should be something like, "I arrived by subway." Or, "I came by subway."

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

    In my opinion "I took the subway" is the most natural if the statement is not only meant to convey by what means of transportation you arrived but also to imply why it may have taken longer than expected.

    Furthermore if "I've got here" is proper it certainly sounds ghastly in its lack of naturalism.

    Now you could say something like "I've gotten here a hundred times by subway, but its never taken this long!"

    Keep in mind gotten is in the past. You could also say "I got here an hour ago" or "I got here by subway" but not "I've got here" UNLESS you said "I've got here by subway before" as in "I have (at one time) got here by subway"
    Last edited by PahaSapa; 14-Dec-2013 at 11:02.

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