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    Question -have trouble- or -have got trouble-

    In general, I would use "trouble" in the form: "I have trouble", but is there really a grammar that allows to use the word "trouble" with "have got"? Is this used only in spoken language? The grammar I looked at - Longman English Grammar (Alexander) - explains the use of "have got" in 12 different ways, but none which fits to "trouble". But in the Internet you can find hundreds of pages using the expression "I have got trouble". Are they all wrong? What can we teach children / at school? Is British English different from AE?
    Alexander Gravenhorst

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    Re: -have trouble- or -have got trouble-

    Common usage will eventually change the rule if there is one. English is like this, always changing. "I've got trouble with..." is very commonly used and I have no problem with this usage. I suppose "I am having trouble with..." or "I have gotten into trouble with..." are better.

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    Re: -have trouble- or -have got trouble-

    I am not the iconoclast that some respondents seem to be.
    One can 'have' trouble, that is, experience difficulties, whether in doing something, or as caused by others.
    One can 'get into trouble' , 'be in trouble'
    ...but to say 'have got' is like saying 'I got received a great present for Christmas.' "I got trouble" is in lyrics from The Music Man - "Oh, we got
    trouble, right here in River City." where it is humourous.
    Anyone I know using it is doing so consciously, for a humourous effect, because it sounds like something a 3 year old would come out with as he continues
    to develop language skills!
    PLEASE don't use the Internet to learn English grammar. I really wonder about the American education system when high school graduates say "I had went to the shop.' 'I had ran ...'
    Is it suggested that if the American education system turns out enough people saying such, English should evolve to embrace this as acceptable??
    Last edited by David L.; 08-Dec-2007 at 18:50.

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    Re: -have trouble- or -have got trouble-

    All I said is that it is in common usage and the English language evolves. This is true in both Great Brittan and North America.

    "I've got the world on a string."
    "I've got trouble with my computer."
    "I've got three bottles of milk."

    The last time I checked, this was a forum not a classroom

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