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    I have got some jobs to do.

    Are each pair of the following sentences equivalent? Is there any differences in the meaning?

    I have got some jobs to do.
    I have some jobs to do.

    I have got my project to finish off.
    I have my project to finish off.

    I have got an essay to do.
    I have an essay to do.
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    Re: I have got some jobs to do.

    The second pair are both unnatural. The others are okay, but we always use the contracted form I've in this expression unless we're speaking very emphatically.
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    Re: I have got some jobs to do.

    I don't find any of them unnatural. The second pair could be used as a response to "Have you got anything to do this afternoon?" They work in BrE, at least.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: I have got some jobs to do.

    Thanks emsr2d2.
    They work in BrE, at least.
    I think "Have go" is BrE and "Have gotten" is AmE.

    And is "have got" present perfect in all examples?

    "Have you got anything to do this afternoon?"
    What is the appropriate question for the second sentences?

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    Re: I have got some jobs to do.

    "Have you got" is the present tense used to ask a question about the future in this context.

    Have you got a dog? (Asks about current situation.)
    Have you got anything to do this afternoon? (Asks about a future situation.)
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: I have got some jobs to do.

    American English uses got when to have got is a substitute for to have: I've got a feeling this is confusing for learners. Otherwise it uses gotten: I've gotten sick twice this year.
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    Re: I have got some jobs to do.

    Quote Originally Posted by newkeenlearner View Post
    And is "have got" present perfect in all examples?
    It's present perfect in form, but it often doesn't follow the usage patterns of the form.

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