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How often is "have got to" used in British English?
Is there any difference between "have got to" and "have to"?
Whether you win or lose, you have to try - you've just got to. In this example, you could say "you just have to" but the version with "got" sounds more emphatic to me - possibly because of the assimilation of the unvoiced "to"; what the insertion of "got" does is that it preserves the voicing of the "v" (not that many users would be aware of that).
Last edited by bhaisahab; 24-Aug-2008 at 20:19. Reason: afterthought
If they are not used as modals but as regular verbs meaning possession, there are some restrictions on "have got":
1) It can't express a recurrent action.
e.g. I have English classes on Mondays. (not "have got")
2) It can't express a past action.
e.g. I had a bike when I was ten. (not "had got")
By the way, as a modal, it can't have past time reference either.
I had to leave. ( not "I had got to leave")