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    rezaa is offline Junior Member
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    is it completely correct that british english use 'have/has got' to express possession and that they use 'have/has' as an operator in question. if this is quite true then they dont say 'i have a car' but rather 'i have got a car' and in question they dont say 'do you have a car?' but 'have you got a car?'

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    'I have got a car.' means 'I have a car.'
    'Do you have a car?' means 'Have you got a car?'
    In the sentences of 'I have a car.' and 'Do you have a car?'
    we use the rules of present simple.
    But in the sentences of ' I have got a car.' and
    'Have you got a car?' we use 'have' and 'has'
    as a helping and main verb.

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    are you saying there's a difference in meaning (tense)? ... from what i know, british english use the form 'have got' to express possession while American English use just 'have'. what i am asking here is that is the usage correct i meant is it quite true that 'have go' is restricted to British English and the other to AE?

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    'Have /has got' can be used either as a present tense to mean the same thing as 'have/has' OR in British English 'have/has got' can also be the present perfect form of 'get'. In American English the present perfect form of 'get' is 'have/has gotten'.
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    No, we Americans use both 'have/has got' and 'have/has'. It may be true, though, that the British use 'have/has got' more often than we do, but I am sure that the Brits also use 'has/have' for possession.

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    thank you

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