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    When "have got" is used to indicate possession or instead of "have to", is "got" the past or past participle of "get"?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Andy
    When "have got" is used to indicate possession or instead of "have to", is "got" the past or past participle of "get"?
    got functions as the past participle of get when used to mean belongs to (i.e. possession) or has to (i.e. must/ought to).

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    Andy Guest

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    Thanks Cassiopea,

    That means that in US English get has two past participles :mad:

    I think with possesion and obligation, it kind of acts as if it were he present simple, eg I've got a pen. (having got it I now possess it.) I think it's really used because it's easier to say. Nevertheless, this is truly a strange construction.

    I have added it to my Venn diagram, which is now getting a tad unweildy. I never knew verb patterns were so complicated. I have to get round to writing stuff in some of the new links now. Oh well, it's got to be done. :)

    http://www.geocities.com/endipatterson/Catenative.html

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