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    I got a brand new car

    Are there any differences in meaning?

    1a I got a brand new car, it's a Mercedes.
    1b I have a brand new car, it's a Mercedes.
    1c I've got a brand new car, it's a Mercedes.

    2a I got so many ideas in my head but I should concentrate on the most important ones.
    2b I have so many ideas in my head but I should concentrate on the most important ones.
    2c I've got so many ideas in my head but I should concentrate on the most important ones.

    3a She probably got half of her life still to come.
    3b She probably has half of her life still to come.
    3c She's probably got half of her life still to come.

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    Re: I got a brand new car

    You'll hear the 'I got' version of the first, but it's incorrect in standard English except as a past-tense form.

    The 'I got' version is incorrect as a present-tense form in the second and third, and unlikely as a past-tense form - it doesn't fit in with the rest of the sentence.
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    Re: I got a brand new car

    1a is OK. The other A versions aren't.

    1a means "I bought (or received) a brand new car which is a Mercedes."
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    #4

    Re: I got a brand new car

    1a, b and c are all comma splices.

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    Re: I got a brand new car

    Would you say that there are no differences in meaning between the b and c versions in all examples?
    Which ones are more common in colloquial speech?

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    Re: I got a brand new car

    Quote Originally Posted by krisfromgermany View Post
    Would you say that there are no differences in meaning between the b and c versions in all examples?
    Which ones are more common in colloquial speech?
    Rover has stated that the sentences in 1 are not correct, being comma splices/run-on sentences.

    I think Americans use "got" a lot more than the British.
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    Re: I got a brand new car

    Quote Originally Posted by krisfromgermany View Post
    Would you say that there are no differences in meaning between the b and c versions in all examples?
    Which ones are more common in colloquial speech?
    'Have got' is far more common than 'have' in colloquial speech in BrE. 'Have' is rather more formal.

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    Re: I got a brand new car

    Quote Originally Posted by Piscean View Post
    'Have got' is far more common than 'have' in colloquial speech in BrE. 'Have' is rather more formal.
    That's true in AmE as well, though there are times when have can be used for emphasis. For example, a friend points out a flashy car and says "You should buy that car!" You reply, "But I have a brand new car. Why would I want another one?"
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