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    #1

    have vs. have got

    Hello,

    is there any difference between have and have got?

    - I have a brother.
    - I have got a brother.

    - I have a car.
    - I have got a car.

    Is there any sentence we should use only 'have got' in it and it's not replaceable with 'have' or vice versa?

    p.s. I don't mean the cases such: I had got an accident (must be I had an accident) or I had got a lunch (I had a lunch). I mean when we really have = own something.


    Thanks

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    Re: have vs. have got

    There's not really any difference. I was surprised to see, when I taught in Madrid, that many younger students are being taught "to have got" instead of "to have" as far as ownership or possession is concerned.

    Even though we use "have got" a lot in BrE, I never considered it a verb in its own right. I would say "I've got a very cute cat" or "I've got a silver car" in my own day-to-day speech but I only ever taught "I have a very cute cat" and "I have a silver car".

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    #3

    Re: have vs. have got

    Basically, BrE vs. AmE and where did you hear/see "had got" ?

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    #4

    Re: have vs. have got

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    but I only ever taught
    What does "only ever" mean? Thanks.

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    Re: have vs. have got

    In all the time I was teaching in Madrid (ever) I taught only (nothing else) the verb "to have", not "to have got". Obviously, I taught other things but in terms of verbs to do with ownership and possession, I taught "to have" and nothing else.

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    #6

    Re: have vs. have got

    Hi
    Yes, as it was mentioned previously by emsr2d2, have got and has got which show possessions are both typical in British English, however in American English have and has are preferable. By the way I haven't heard of had got.To refer to past you make use of had, both in American and in British English.

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    #7

    Re: have vs. have got

    We tend to use "had got" denoting possession only in the negative.

    I hadn't got enough money with me.
    I hadn't enough money with me.
    I didn't have enough money with me.

    They all mean the same thing.



    We do use "had got" but in the same sense. We use it when we are using "got" to mean "obtained" or "bought".

    I had got three pairs of shoes in the sale but I decided I didn't like any of them.
    I had got a cold so I didn't go to school.

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    Re: have vs. have got

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    We tend to use "had got" denoting possession only in the negative.

    I hadn't got enough money with me.
    I hadn't enough money with me.
    I didn't have enough money with me.

    They all mean the same thing.



    We do use "had got" but in the same sense. We use it when we are using "got" to mean "obtained" or "bought".

    I had got three pairs of shoes in the sale but I decided I didn't like any of them.
    I had got a cold so I didn't go to school.
    I wouldn't say either of those last two sentences.

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    #9

    Re: have vs. have got

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    We tend to use "had got" denoting possession only in the negative.

    I hadn't got enough money with me.
    I hadn't enough money with me.
    I didn't have enough money with me.

    They all mean the same thing.



    We do use "had got" but in the same sense. We use it when we are using "got" to mean "obtained" or "bought".

    I had got three pairs of shoes in the sale but I decided I didn't like any of them.
    I had got a cold so I didn't go to school.
    We'd use "gotten" there in AmE.

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