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    Have/got

    What are some easy ways to explain the differences between have and got?

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    Re: Have/got

    **Neither a teacher nor a native speaker.**

    Hi,
    This is a very interesting question in my opinion.
    Well, I will try to answer it

    One difference is when you combine have with other verbs in Present Perfect.
    You can say:
    I have asked her.
    Have you finished your work yet?

    He has spoken.

    You cannot say:
    I got asked her.
    Got you finished your work yet?
    He got spoken. (theoretically possible, but its sense would be completely different - if there is a sense at all.)

    In some other cases, have and got can replace each other - but not always.
    I have a problem.
    I got a problem.
    I have got a problem.
    You will have a problem.
    You will get a problem.
    I have a brother.
    I got a brother.
    I have got a brother.

    Anyway, I believe this topic is way more complex, so I will be glad to see other opinions

    Cheers!

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    Re: Have/got

    thank you very much nighmare. I understand your use of the perfect tenses, but what about simple tenses?


    get is to aquire and have is to possess? This is the simplest explanaition I have come up with. On the right track?
    I got a car
    I had a car

    I get cars
    I have cars

    I will get cars
    I will have cars. This is what I find confusing.


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    Re: Have/got

    "I have got a car" is typical American English. I think it means " I have gotten a car". This kind of usage confuses foreigners all the time. How do you think about " ain't"?

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    Re: Have/got

    Quote Originally Posted by sdsu09 View Post
    "I have got a car" is typical American English. I think it means " I have gotten a car". This kind of usage confuses foreigners all the time. How do you think about " ain't"?
    Hello,
    As far as I know it simply means: "I have a car".
    "I have got a car." -> Present
    "I have gotten a car." -> Present Perfect.
    "I haven't gotten a car for years." -> Present Perfect Progressive

    Cheers!

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