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Hello our teachers..............................

What is the difference between :

I have to go.

I have got to go.

And which is correct.

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What is the difference between :

I have to go.

I have got to go.

And which is correct.

Although there might be one, there isn't necessarily any real difference in meaning between the two. (The second one might be more emphatic.) Context would determine the true meaning of the statement. If a person is used to saying "I have to go" he might say "I have got to go" to make the statement more emphatic. It would probably be stated as, "I have got to go.

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In BE, they're pretty synonymous, but we use 'got' a lot more than Americans. ;-)
 
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tdol said:
In BE, they're pretty synonymous, but we use 'got' a lot more than Americans. ;-)


I like to use 'got' myself. I also feel as though it adds more emphasis, but not necessarily all the time. It depends on how the words are spoken in some way.
 

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Traditionally we used 'have' for actions and 'have got' for possessions and both for obligations, but that distiction is being eroded. ;-0
 

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ok......

what about.........


I have my car fixed.

I got my car fixed.

Thanks................

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Got is generally regarded as a bit more colloquial. In those sentences there is little difference. When using the causative to describe unpleasant event like accidents, then 'have' is more common:
He had his car stolen. (got would have a different meaning to me) ;-)
 

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ESL-lover said:
ok......

what about.........


I have my car fixed.

I got my car fixed.

Thanks................

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In both instances, the car has been fixed. Since no more information than that has been given, I don't see an important difference between the two. I would, by the way, say I had my car fixed.
 

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'Got' is very common in BE. ;-)
 

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tdol said:
Got is generally regarded as a bit more colloquial. In those sentences there is little difference. When using the causative to describe unpleasant event like accidents, then 'have' is more common:
He had his car stolen. (got would have a different meaning to me) ;-)
Tdol,
'He had is car stolen' is something I'd never say... In what circumstances might you say it? And what difference is there between that and 'he got his car stolen'?
 

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'he had his car stolen' is used in an idiomatic way for negative events. ;-)
 

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tdol said:
'Got' is very common in BE. ;-)

When I was taught English at school, in Scotland, we were told that 'got' was really bad English. I seem to remember it was our most popular verb at the time. Now, I think it's best avoided in formal language.

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Reduced, but not replaced artificially. ;-)
 
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He had his car stolen. hi i am from colombia and i want to know what is the meaning of this phrase
 

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alexis said:
He had his car stolen. hi i am from colombia and i want to know what is the meaning of this phrase

"He had his car stolen" simply means his car was stolen. (Taken literally, it might be interpreted to mean he had somebody steal his car.)

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