Page 2 of 2 FirstFirst 1 2
Results 11 to 16 of 16

Thread: Got and have?

  1. #11
    Tdol is offline Editor, UsingEnglish.com
    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • English Teacher
      • Native Language:
      • British English
      • Home Country:
      • UK
      • Current Location:
      • Philippines
    Join Date
    Nov 2002
    Posts
    43,077
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default

    'he had his car stolen' is used in an idiomatic way for negative events.

  2. #12
    Join Date
    May 2003
    Posts
    133
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by tdol
    'Got' is very common in BE.
    When I was taught English at school, in Scotland, we were told that 'got' was really bad English. I seem to remember it was our most popular verb at the time. Now, I think it's best avoided in formal language.

    Iain

  3. #13
    Tdol is offline Editor, UsingEnglish.com
    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • English Teacher
      • Native Language:
      • British English
      • Home Country:
      • UK
      • Current Location:
      • Philippines
    Join Date
    Nov 2002
    Posts
    43,077
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default

    Reduced, but not replaced artificially.

  4. #14
    alexis Guest

    Default

    He had his car stolen. hi i am from colombia and i want to know what is the meaning of this phrase

  5. #15
    RonBee's Avatar
    RonBee is offline Moderator
    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • Other
      • Native Language:
      • American English
      • Home Country:
      • United States
      • Current Location:
      • United States
    Join Date
    Feb 2003
    Posts
    16,571
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by alexis
    He had his car stolen. hi i am from colombia and i want to know what is the meaning of this phrase
    "He had his car stolen" simply means his car was stolen. (Taken literally, it might be interpreted to mean he had somebody steal his car.)

    Welcome to our forum!


  6. #16
    RonBee's Avatar
    RonBee is offline Moderator
    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • Other
      • Native Language:
      • American English
      • Home Country:
      • United States
      • Current Location:
      • United States
    Join Date
    Feb 2003
    Posts
    16,571
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default

    :D

Page 2 of 2 FirstFirst 1 2

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •