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    As soon as

    I came across this sentence in my exam:
    I'll come to your house as soon as I______ through my job
    a) get
    b) have got
    I chose a, but I think b is fine. How about you?


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    #2

    Re: As soon as

    I find the sentence a bit strange. I don't feel that either collocate with 'my job' - 'my chores'would feel more natural to me. However, in British English both work. Americans tend to say 'gotten' rather than 'got' so maybe that is the problem


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    #3

    Re: As soon as

    I am sorry, the right version is as soon as I ________ my work. So are there any differences in meaning between have got and get here?


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    #4

    Re: As soon as

    Either could be used, but I don't like the use of "job " in this sentence. I would prefer "when I have finished my work" or when I have done my work" or "when I am through with my work".

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    #5

    Re: As soon as

    In American English dialect, have got indicates a necessity, "I have got to call my mother," or possession "I've got a Lexus." When we use it to indicate possession, we always use a contraction ['ve], otherwise it sounds funny that you didn't stop at have.

    You've got a smudge on your face.
    You have a smudge on your face.

    In the past perfect, we always say gotten.

    I have gotten sick at that restaurant.


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    #6

    Re: As soon as

    But if it is used as present perfect tense (not have got like you said), is it acceptable?

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    Re: As soon as

    Canadians are comfortable with either have got or have gotten, but we're far less likely to use these expressions than Anglos on the other side of the puddle.

    We'd say
    I have a new car.
    rather than
    I've got a new car.

    best wishes to all for success in the new year
    edward

    Quote Originally Posted by belly_ttt View Post
    But if it is used as present perfect tense (not have got like you said), is it acceptable?


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    #8

    Re: As soon as

    Perhaps you all misunderstood.
    As Micheal Swan said in his book, we can used present perfect and present simple after as soon as. Have got here is used as a present perfect form. I just want to ask, is it acceptable here because the sentence appeared in my exam

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    Re: As soon as

    Sure, either is acceptable. But we all have our own styles of speaking and writing; there are things I wouldn't say, even though they're perfectly "acceptable."
    You'll develop your own style by listening attentively. Good luck to you.

    edward

    Quote Originally Posted by belly_ttt View Post
    Perhaps you all misunderstood.
    As Micheal Swan said in his book, we can used present perfect and present simple after as soon as. Have got here is used as a present perfect form. I just want to ask, is it acceptable here because the sentence appeared in my exam


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    #10

    Re: As soon as

    So, can we say:
    I'll write to you as soon as I've finished my report
    or
    I'll write to you as soon as I finish my report?

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