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    Question verbs

    I would be grateful if someone could explain to me the difference between the verb TO HAVE (I have a car) and the verb HAVE GOT (I have got a car)

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    Re: verbs

    Have got is non-standard English that is very common in spoken English, but should always be avoided in writing.

    I have a car. (I own a car)

    I got a car. ( I received a car)

    Yesterday I got a headache from all the loud music. Today I still have that headache. (Not have got)

    The exception is when the word got is used to express necessity. I have got to visit my mother before the weekend. (Again, this is more acceptable in spoken, rather than written English)

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