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    he has a problem vs he's got a problem

    I know someone who went sick because he doesn;t like the food in my country. I said that : he has a problem and someone corrected my English and said he's got a problem. why?
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    Re: he has a problem vs he's got a problem

    Your "why" refers to 'why did he correct me?' I would say, because his English is such that he doesn't realize, both of you are correct! Your friend is phrasing it in a very casual way, whereas your phrasing suggests a good education!


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    Re: he has a problem vs he's got a problem

    Quote Originally Posted by thomasRavenelli View Post
    I know someone who went sick because he doesn;t like the food in my country. I said that : he has a problem and someone corrected my English and said he's got a problem. why?
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    As David said, both are correct. Neither reflect that one has a good or bad education because speakers of all levels of education use both structures.

    Speakers often use the 'has/have got' to point to a more serious, important, noteworthy situation. Perhaps this is what the 'someone' meant.

    I've got a terrible cold.

    He's got VD.

    They've got a new baby!

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