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    #1

    Ivana wanted to know

    I am wondering if my sentence sounds natural. Would you please correct my mistakes? Is it correct to write "had got" or it should be just "got"?

    Ivana wanted to know if I had got a bicycle I could sell to her.

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    #2

    Re: Ivana wanted to know

    It's natural if you remove got.
    I am not a teacher.

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    Re: Ivana wanted to know

    "have got" is used in BrE to mean "have" so you might hear it but it's much more natural as "... if I had a bicycle ...". Note that you can also remove "to".

    Ivana wanted to know if I had a bicycle I could sell her.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    #4

    Re: Ivana wanted to know

    Additional comment: you're far more likely to hear "have got" than "have" in the present tense, in this context.

    Ivana wants to know if I've got a bike I can sell her.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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