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I've been trying to figure out when it's best to use 'have got', 'got' and 'have' expressing possession. Is there a rule? Should we use any of them to refer to objects or in formal or in informal speech. Is any of them much more common in AmE or in BrE? I'm confused.
Well, here are some examples from 2 films, which hopefully, will help you explain.
- You got all your stuff? (A father asking his son).
- That's a great hat you've got. (A guy to a woman).
- Man, you're a real cowboy. Don't get off. We still got 15 minutes left. Take off. (A guy to someone whom he has just met).
- I got some things I gotta do. (same)
- I got a lot to do today. (same)
- You have a lot of people waiting to see you. (Man to his daughter).
- We haven't got any bread. (friends)
- I got a little problem. I need some bread right away. It's $250. I need it now.
-You got any (money)?
- I have nothing to understand. (Man to someone he doesn't know).
- We really don't have any time now. We've got to be at school. So will you just stop the car? Just let me drive. (Man to someone whom he doesn't know).
- Hey Les. You got a minute? (A boss to his emloyee).
- For you, Brad? I've got five. (The employee's respond).
-Oh really, do you need a ride? We can give you a ride. I have a car. You wanna come with us? (Man to his daughter's girlfriend).
- Thanks... but I have a car. (The girlfriend's response).
- You've got a crush on him. (A girl to her girlfriend)
- We have a very healthy relationship.(Man to her wife's colleague).
Native speakers's (both (preferably) AmE and BrE) help is greatly appreciated!
Last edited by retro; 30-Sep-2006 at 00:24.
The big difference between Ame and BE that I'm aware of (in this case - got/have) is the response in such cases as this:
BE: "Have you got any?'/'Yes I have.'
AmE: "Do you have any?/"Yes I do.'
This gets very confusing when you have a BE speaker talking to an AmE speaker. You get things like:
BE speaker "Have you got any?/AmE speaker "Yes I do"
ps - My interest in these responses may have given a false impression: "I have got" and "I have" are both fine in BE.
Last edited by BobK; 30-Sep-2006 at 18:17. Reason: ps added
Some BE speakers say "Have you a bicycle?". That is rare in AE.
In AE, "I've got" (or I have) is most common when it refers to possession. We use "I've gotten" most often to indicate receipt. It is my understanding that "gotten" is used rarely in BE.
Last edited by BobK; 30-Sep-2006 at 18:20.
Let me get it straight. Do you mean when saying "As the situation grows more important, we tend to use them in the reverse order that you've got them above". that for example if you've fallen behind with any repayments because of lack of money, should you say to your friend from whom you're borrowing money that "Do you have any money?" What exactly do you mean by important? Anything can be important.
My point was that AmE uses "I've gotten" instead of "I've got" to mean "I have received". This seems to me to be clearer than using "I've got" for both possession and receipt.