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    which is correct ?

    which sentence is grammaticaly correct:

    they have got a headache .

    or

    they have a headache .

    and why ??

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    Re: which is correct ?

    in my opinion you have to say:
    you have got a headache...
    I am in a British school and there everybody says "have got".

    But in America you can say:
    you have a headache.

    with best wishes

    Miss Solero Exotic

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    Re: which is correct ?

    Quote Originally Posted by MR.K View Post
    which sentence is grammaticaly correct:

    they have got a headache .

    or

    they have a headache .

    and why ??

    When have is used to speak about possession, relationships and other states, it is possible to use both have and have got:
    I have a house in the country.
    I have got a house in the country.
    I donít have any brothers or sisters.
    I havenít got any brothers or sisters.
    Do you have a cold?
    Have you got a cold?
    have vs have got english grammar learn english
    They have got a headache might (but I don't think it does) incline that a while ago they were fine but now they have (just) got a headache.

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    Re: which is correct ?

    Then again they being more than one person:

    They have got headaches.
    They have headaches.

    either works


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    Re: which is correct ?

    Quote Originally Posted by banderas View Post
    They have got a headache might (but I don't think it does) incline that a while ago they were fine but now they have (just) got a headache.
    I think American English can make this distinction but not British English. In American English, to convey the above meaning you would say "They have gotten headaches." (gotten as opposed to got).


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    Re: which is correct ?

    Quote Originally Posted by daznorthants View Post
    Then again they being more than one person:

    They have got headaches.
    They have headaches.

    either works
    I agree.


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    Re: which is correct ?

    thank you all

    but , if I find it in exam which one should I choose ??

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    Re: which is correct ?

    Quote Originally Posted by naomimalan View Post
    I think American English can make this distinction but not British English. In American English, to convey the above meaning you would say "They have gotten headaches." (gotten as opposed to got).
    hi Naomimalan,

    How do we say in British English "I have gotten a headache"? (so that it does not mean "I have a headache"?)


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    Re: which is correct ?

    Quote Originally Posted by banderas View Post
    In tests, but only in tests my choice would be "May I" if asking for permission.
    so , what shall I choose ?

    heve OR have got

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    Re: which is correct ?

    Quote Originally Posted by MR.K View Post
    so , what shall I choose ?

    heve OR have got
    Sorry, It seems that I confused the threads...

    Both are fine, I do not think you will be asked to choose one of them as a correct answer.
    Have you come across such a situation in tests?
    Last edited by banderas; 05-Apr-2008 at 17:35. Reason: aftertought

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