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    #1

    I have a sister/ I have got a sister

    In British English, which structure is more common to talk about having relatives?
    What sounds more natural:
    1) I have a sister.
    2) I've got a sister.
    If I were a native speaker of English, I would never shut up. :-)

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    Re: I have a sister/ I have got a sister

    I would use the second. The first is equally grammatical. It's a matter of personal choice for most people. I was interested to discover, when I tutored a 6-year-old Spanish boy, that his textbooks listed "have got" as the verb for possession, rather than "have". I always taught my adult students that both were possible and acceptable.

    The fact that your example was about a relative makes no difference to my opinion. I would be the same if we were talking about a pen or a dog or a hat.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: I have a sister/ I have got a sister

    The version without 'got' is far more common in written English - Ngram

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