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    Why have you got that shopping?

    What does "Why have you got that shopping?" mean, please?

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    Jane: Hi. What are you doing?
    Helen: What's it look like I 'm doing?
    Jane: Why have you got that shopping?
    Helen: Er, let's see...because it's my day for shopping.
    Jane: But I did the shopping today. You're cooking tonight.
    Helen: No. It's Friday. You're cooking tonight.
    Jane: But that was last Friday. You did the shopping and I cooked. Remember?
    Helen: Let's go in and look at the rota

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    #2

    Re: Why have you got that shopping?

    In British English, "shopping" can mean recently-purchased items. The sentence means "Why do you have those bags of groceries?"
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    Re: Why have you got that shopping?

    It means nothing at all to me.

    It's a confusing conversation.

    Is it supposed to be teaching English?

    (Cross posted with GS.)
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    Re: Why have you got that shopping?

    Quote Originally Posted by GoesStation View Post
    In British English, "shopping" can mean recently-purchased items. The sentence means "Why do you have those bags of groceries?"
    Thanks a lot :)
    So does "has got" mean "has", please not a present perfect of "get"?

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    #5

    Re: Why have you got that shopping?

    Quote Originally Posted by Tarheel View Post
    It means nothing at all to me.

    It's a confusing conversation.

    Is it supposed to be teaching English?

    (Cross posted with GS.)
    Thanks a lot :)
    Yes it's supposed to be teaching English

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    #6

    Re: Why have you got that shopping?

    Quote Originally Posted by Tara2 View Post
    Thanks a lot :)
    So does "has got" mean "has", please not a present perfect of "get"?
    Yes. We make this clear in American English by using gotten as the past participle of get in the present perfect. Most Brits always use got.
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    #7

    Re: Why have you got that shopping?

    Is it a video? If so, the bags of groceries sitting on the counter or table (or wherever) should have been a strong clue to the meaning of that sentence.

    The answer to Jane's question.

    Jane: Why do you have that shopping (bags of groceries)?
    Helen: I went to the store, bought them, and brought them here. That's why!
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    #8

    Re: Why have you got that shopping?

    So, is it right to say "what's it look like" instead of "what does it look like"? Likewise, can I ask somebody "what's your new girlfriend look like"?

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    #9

    Re: Why have you got that shopping?

    Quote Originally Posted by beachboy View Post
    So, is it right to say "what's it look like" instead of "what does it look like"? Likewise, can I ask somebody "what's your new girlfriend look like"?
    Yes, in conversation. Don't use that contraction in written English except in dialog.
    Last edited by GoesStation; 22-Oct-2019 at 02:00. Reason: Fix keying error.
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    Re: Why have you got that shopping?

    Quote Originally Posted by Tara2 View Post
    Thanks a lot. :)
    Quote Originally Posted by Tara2 View Post
    Thanks a lot. :)
    Please stop using home-made smileys to replace standard punctuation marks.

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