Good and taboo have and have got questions


Small talk questions with have got for possession and have for actions coin game, with some bad questions to avoid

By: Alex Case
Level: All Levels
Topic: General
Grammar Topic: Present Tenses


Flip a coin to decide if you should ask a “have got” question (heads) or a “have” question (tails) from below. Before answering, your partner will flip a coin to decide if they will answer (heads) or politely refuse to answer (tails). After they do so, discuss if it is a question which you would really answer or not in real life. Then take turns doing the same with other questions below.


Have and have got grammar presentation

Look at the example sentences on the next page to answer these questions about the grammar.

Can you change the “have got” questions below to “have”? Can you change the “have” questions to “have got”? Why?/ Why not?

Why do these pairs have different forms?

  • Have you got any children?/ Do you have any children?
  • Would you like to have more children?

What might be the difference in meaning between these sentences? Which one has two possible meanings?

  • Do you have any original ideas?
  • Have you got any original ideas?


Have and have got good and bad to questions to ask and avoid

  • Do you ever have panic attacks?
  • Do you often have a bath?
  • Do you often have a snack?
  • Do you often have arguments with your boss?
  • Do you often have family gatherings?
  • Do you often have original ideas?
  • Do you often have Zoom meetings?
  • Do you usually have breakfast?
  • Has your father got a beard?
  • Have you got a boyfriend/ a girlfriend?
  • Have you got a car?
  • Have you got a cold?
  • Have you got a driving license? How many points have you got on it?
  • Have you got a favourite (football) team?
  • Have you got a large family?
  • Have you got a light?
  • Have you got a lot of investments?
  • Have you got a PlayStation?
  • Have you got a university degree?
  • Have you got a watch?
  • Have you got any allergies?
  • Have you got any ambitions?
  • Have you got any brothers or sisters?
  • Have you got any children?
  • Have you got any favourite celebrities?
  • Have you got any health issues/ medical problems?
  • Have you got any hobbies?
  • Have you got any pets?
  • Have you got coronavirus? (If not, why are you coughing?)
  • Have you got gold teeth?
  • Have you got lots of money?
  • Have you got many boyfriends/ girlfriends?
  • Have you got many cousins?
  • Have you got many credit cards?
  • Have you got much free time?
  • Have you got the time?
  • Have you got time to talk?
  • Have you still got a hangover?
  • How much cash have you got on you now?
  • How much debt have you got on your credit cards?
  • How often do you have a shower?
  • What time do you usually have lunch?
  • Why have you got (so much) grey hair?
  • Why have you got so many wrinkles/ lines on your face?
  • Would you like to have (more) children?

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