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    #1

    have and have got

    What's difference between ''have'' and ''have got''?
    such as :
    ''I have a pen.''OR ''I have got a pen''
    ''I have an idea''OR ''I have got an idea''

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    #2

    Re: have and have got

    The former is more American, the latter more British.

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    Thumbs up Re: have and have got

    Quote Originally Posted by moqaddas View Post
    What's difference between ''have'' and ''have got''?
    such as :
    ''I have a pen.''OR ''I have got a pen''
    ''I have an idea''OR ''I have got an idea''
    When we are talking about possession, relationships, illnesses and characteristics of people or things we can use either have or have got. The have got forms are more common in an informal style.

    Have got has the same meaning as have and both are used as present tenses. Note that have got is NOT the present perfect of get.

    To make questions and negative sentences with have we normally use the auxiliary verb do. To make questions and negative sentences with have got we use the auxiliary verb have. So your question, Magrit, with have got must be formed as follows:

    How many subsidiaries has your company got?

    Study these further examples and note that in informal speech we often switch from one form to the other:

    - How many subsidiaries does your company have?
    - It has two.

    - How many sisters do you have?
    - Iíve got three (sisters).
    - Do you all have your own bedrooms?
    - Sueís got her own bedroom, but neither Debbie nor I have. We have to share.

    (Note in this last example that have to is used as an alternative to must because the need to share is imposed on the sisters.)

    - Have you got a new car, Paul?
    - Yes I have. I bought it last week.
    - Has it got air conditioning?
    - No it hasnít. But itís got a CD player.
    - Do you have very many CDs?
    - Iíve got hundreds.

    Note the way in which we form short answers and question tags with have got and have:

    - Have you got a sore throat as well as a runny nose?
    - No, I havenít.
    - But youíve got a high temperature, havenít you?
    - Yes, I have.

    - Does this music school have enough pianos?
    - No, it doesnít.
    - But you have enough opportunities to practise, donít you?
    - No, we donít.
    hope this helps.

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    #4

    Re: have and have got

    It would be helpful if you could use quotation markes or italics:
    Quote Originally Posted by Dawood Usmani View Post
    When we are talking about possession, relationships, illnesses and characteristics of people or things we can use either "have" or "have got". The "have got" forms are more common in an informal style.

    "Have got" has the same meaning as "have", and both are used as present tenses. Note that "have got" is NOT the present perfect of "get".

    Well, it can be:

    "I've got a question for you." "have got" = have".
    "I've got bored with this situation." "have got = present perfect of "get".

    To make questions and negative sentences with "have" we normally use the auxiliary verb "do". To make questions and negative sentences with "have got" we use the auxiliary verb "have". So your question, Magrit, with "have got" must be formed as follows:

    "How many subsidiaries has your company got?"

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    Re: have and have got

    Quote Originally Posted by fivejedjon View Post
    It would be helpful if you could use quotation markes or italics:
    Thanks, sir.
    Note that "have got" is NOT the present perfect of "get" in this sense. I meant that but forgot to write.

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