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    #1

    different order

    I have got some work to catch up with.

    I have got to catch up with some work.

    I have 2 questions about this pair.
    1. Are they grammatical?
    2. Do they mean the same?
    Thank you.

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    Re: different order

    In common (spoken) English, both *could* be heard depending on the speaker.

    These two mean the same but when a speaker says these two sentences, emphasis could be put on certain words to stress the necessity of getting the work done.

    In example number two, I would say:

    I have got to catch up with some work. (got being sound more emphatically, would mean, "I am really behind, I have to do my work"

    In the first example, as a speaker, I would say
    I've got some work to catch up with. (I italicized 'I have' because in this case I would not normally pronounce each word).
    This example also *tends* to me more informational and does not stress any urgency.

    I am not a teacher -- just a native :)

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    #3

    Re: different order

    Thank you, allenman

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    #4

    Re: different order

    Quote Originally Posted by panicmonger View Post
    1. I have got some work to catch up with. 2 . I have got to catch up with some work.

    They are both correct and natural, but the meanings are slightly different, though the speaker may be just as likely to say one as the other. In #1 the speaker uses the verb have (got), in #2 have (got) to. They may be crudely paraphrased as:

    1. I have some work. I must/want to/need to catch up with this work.
    2, I must catch up with some work.

    As you can see, in practical terms, the difference is not great.

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