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    Wink got and has/have

    hi there,


    what are the differences between got and has/have?

    for an example
    1-1 i got a pen
    2-2 i have a pen


    thanks


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    for an example
    1-1 i got a pen
    2-2 i have a pen
    In "I got a pen", the speaker is telling the listener that, in the past, he found or was given a pen. It does not mean that he has a pen now, only that, in the past, he had one. The speaker may still have the pen now, but the listener cannot know for sure.
    In "I've got a pen" or "I have a pen", the speaker is telling the listener that now, as he is talking, he has a pen. It does not mean anything about when in the past he got the pen, only that he has it now. The difference between "I have a pen" and "I've got a pen" is that "I have a pen" sounds more formal, and may put a bit more emphasis on the having, rather than the thing that is had. However, in almost every case, they are perfectly interchangeable.
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    Re: got and has/have

    Bergy, being in America, has interpreted "got" as being the past simple of "to get", in which case "got" means "received".

    However, I, being British, wonder if you, kahhong, are thinking of the British English construction "I have got a pen". If that's so, then the answer is quite different.

    First, in British English, the past participle of "to get" is "got" -- in American English it's "gotten".

    Second, the British often say, "I have got a pen" to mean exactly the same as "I have a pen".

    The difference is really noticeable when you have to change the sentence into a negative or into a question:

    I have got a pen -- I haven't got a pen -- Have you got a pen?
    I have a pen -- I don't have a pen -- Do you have a pen?

    This "have got" construction is British English. It's also informal; in formal writing, the normal "I have a..." construction is preferred. Apart from that, there's no difference.

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    Thank bergy and rewboss...



    That mean "I got a pen" have two differ meaning, depend on country.. In america it mean i got a pen( refer to past) and in british it mean i received a pen.


    am i right?


    I have a pen equal to i got a pen?


    thank you very much.

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    -kahhong

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    Re: got and has/have

    Not quite.

    In both Britain and America, "I got a pen" means "I received a pen". In Britain (and perhaps some other countries as well) but not in America, "I have got a pen" (or "I've got a pen") means the same as "I have a pen".

    Don't forget the "have" in "have got", otherwise you will sound uneducated.

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