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    Have got

    I used the sentence "We’ve got a test next week", but it seems a bit odd since "have got" indicates the past tense. I would like some comments on this. Thank you. Puff

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    Re: Have got

    Quote Originally Posted by Puff Ostling View Post
    I used the sentence "We’ve got a test next week", but it seems a bit odd since "have got" indicates the past tense. I would like some comments on this. Thank you. Puff
    No, no it's not the past tense.

    From Practical English Usage (Michael Swan)

    Note that have got means exactly the same as have- it is a present tense of have, not the present perfect of get. Got-forms of have are informal, and are most common in the present.
    I've got a new car.
    My mother's got two sisters.
    Have you got a headache?

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    Re: Have got

    Exactly as Queenbu quotes
    Just to add:
    I think for BrE speakers or learners it may be more confusing because "have got" is a present perfect form in BrE but here in Canada (& the U.S. I believe), "have got" is considered non-standard and "have gotten" is the standard present perfect form.

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    Re: Have got

    Quote Originally Posted by queenbu View Post
    No, no it's not the past tense.

    From Practical English Usage (Michael Swan)

    Note that have got means exactly the same as have- it is a present tense of have, not the present perfect of get. Got-forms of have are informal, and are most common in the present.
    I've got a new car.
    My mother's got two sisters.
    Have you got a headache?
    I haven't checked in Swan, and he may say this, but the same applies for both uses of have (in the non-auxiliary sense) - to have something scheduled and to possess (in all senses of possess!):
    • I've got an exam tomorrow [schedule]
    • I've got a lovely bunch of coconuts [possession]
    • I've got an idea [mental possession]
    • He's got a lovely smile [physical endowment]


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    Re: Have got

    Quote Originally Posted by BobK View Post
    I haven't checked in Swan, and he may say this, but the same applies for both uses of have (in the non-auxiliary sense) - to have something scheduled and to possess (in all senses of possess!):
    • I've got an exam tomorrow [schedule]
    • I've got a lovely bunch of coconuts [possession]
    • I've got an idea [mental possession]
    • He's got a lovely smile [physical endowment]

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    Bob, what does the same applies for both uses refer to?

    All the best.

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