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    #1

    you've got to

    I've seen a native speaker writes the sentence below:

    "When there will be a real economy, however, you've got to share them."

    Is the bolded part correct? I would have said: "When there will be a real economy, however, you have to share them" without the "got". Does the "got" have any function here?

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    #2

    Re: you've got to

    The sentence doesn't make any sense. Where did you find it?
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    #3

    Re: you've got to

    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    The sentence doesn't make any sense. Where did you find it?
    On a forum.

    Actually the sentence he writes is "When there is a real economy, however, you've got to share them." not "When there will be".

    What he means is that at some point in the future (ie. when the economy around some kind of tokens will have developped) you will have some kind of intellectual obligation to share your tokens.

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    #4

    Re: you've got to

    "You've got" is used like this informally. "You have" or "You got" would normally suffice, but it's not unusual to hear "you've got."

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    #5

    Re: you've got to

    "You got" would normally suffice

    Dave, are you saying "You got to share them" is what you expect?

    I find "You've got to" and "You have to" and "You must" to be the same (though "must" sounds stronger to me), but "You got to" to be substandard.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    #6

    Re: you've got to

    No, I think I was a little sloppy there. "You got to share" would be very informal.

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    #7

    Re: you've got to

    I have a feeling 'You've got to...' used to be decried by the BEng Language Police. I remember my grandfather objecting to the lyrics of 'You've got to be taught' when the older of my two brothers came home with the soundtrack LP o South Pacific in the late '50s.

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    #8

    Re: you've got to

    In the 1980s the state used "You've Got a Friend in Pennsylvania" as its tourism slogan. I remember some gripes about it being ungrammatical.

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