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    have got or have

    Hello, (Happy new year too

    Is it correct to say : I haven't a car or I haven't got a car ? Is "got" necessary or not ?

    Thank you very much.

    Jean-Luc

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    Re: have got or have

    The word 'got' is the past tense of 'get', meaning obtain or acquire.

    So it's OK to say 'I haven't got a car' meaning 'I set out to get one but failed', although it would be better to say 'I didn't get a car'.

    Use of the word 'got' is not considered best English practice when used to mean 'I do not possess a car'

    The best way to say it, in speech or in writing, is 'I don't have a car'

    (don't = do not)

    Dave

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    Quote Originally Posted by maaded View Post
    Hello, (Happy new year too

    Is it correct to say : I haven't a car or I haven't got a car ? Is "got" necessary or not ?

    Thank you very much.

    Jean-Luc
    Dear Jean, in fact, both are correct. 'Have got" is more informal and common than " haven't". Also, " haven't " is purely British English and is rarely used in American English. There are three constructions with have in this context; I'm writing them accordingto their usage ratio:
    1. I haven't got a car. (most common, informal) ( both in British and American)
    2. I don't have a car. (common, both British and American)
    3. I haven't a car. ( purely British and unusual in American English)
    Hope this has helped.
    Regards!
    Dawood

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    Re: have got or have

    Yes, I agree with that.

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