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    Short answers to 'have' and 'have got' questions

    Hello everybody,

    I know that when answering a question in English using short answers, you use the auxiliary to do so, as in:
    "Do you like books?" - "Yes, I do"
    "Do you have any pets at home?" - "No, I don't"
    "Have you seen the new Tom Hanks movie" - "Yes, I have"

    But what about 'have got' questions? Do I have to answer them
    like so:
    "Have you got a pen for me?" - "Yes, I do"
    or should that be
    "Have you got a pen for me?" - "Yes, I have"

    Could anyone help me out and explain why? Many thanks in advance.

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    #2

    Re: Short answers to 'have' and 'have got' questions

    We use "have", because this is formally the auxiliary (even though in British English, at least, the whole phrase "have got" is generally equivalent to "have" semantically).

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    Re: Short answers to 'have' and 'have got' questions

    Quote Originally Posted by Filip View Post
    Hello everybody,

    I know that when answering a question in English using short answers, you use the auxiliary to do so, as in:
    "Do you like books?" - "Yes, I do"
    "Do you have any pets at home?" - "No, I don't"/ No I haven't.
    "Have you seen the new Tom Hanks movie" - "Yes, I have"

    But what about 'have got' questions? Do I have to answer them
    like so:
    "Have you got a pen for me?" - "Yes, I do"
    or should that be
    "Have you got a pen for me?" - "Yes, I have"

    Could anyone help me out and explain why? Many thanks in advance.
    'Have you got....? Yes I have.' Because it's a 'have' question.
    Last edited by bhaisahab; 20-Jun-2009 at 07:52. Reason: correction


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    Re: Short answers to 'have' and 'have got' questions

    Thank you both,

    I'll be sure to answer "yes, I have" when someone
    asks me a 'have got' question again, rather than the
    'yes, I do' I've been saying for years.

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