Have vs have got

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danikka

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We teach our students the verb HAVE GOT for possessing things, negative being haven't got. I know we can use HAVE (don't have, doesn't have ) for the same meaning. I'm just wondering how importat it is to know both and the difference between them. Is it a British thing? Does it really matter? (I'll insist on both, anyway - I have to :roll: ).

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I don't think that in AE we use have got for possesssion. I think we mostly stick to have. I think we use have got mostly for emphasis. Example: "I have got to talk to him about that."

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danikka said:
Hello, there!
We teach our students the verb HAVE GOT for possessing things, negative being haven't got. I know we can use HAVE (don't have, doesn't have ) for the same meaning. I'm just wondering how importat it is to know both and the difference between them. Is it a British thing? Does it really matter? (I'll insist on both, anyway - I have to :roll: ).

Thanks, Bye
Danikka

It is a BE thing. It's also losing its status in BE. ;-)
 

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We do use haven't got for the negative, although don't have is probably more common.

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