Form & meaning
- Have got and have are used to talk about possession.
- I’ve got a new house / I have a new house.
- Has she got a car? / Does she have a car?
- Have got and have are used to talk about relationships.
- Have you got a girlfriend? / Do you have a girlfriend?
- He’s got three brothers / He has three brothers.
- Have got and have are used to talk about illnesses.
- I’ve got a bad cold / I have a bad cold.
- I’ve got a headache / I have a headache.
- Have got and have are used to talk about characteristics.
- Her office has got a nice view / Her office has a nice view.
- Why has he got a tattoo? / Why does he have a tattoo?
- Have got and have cannot be used in the progressive form to express the meanings above.
- I ‘ve got / have a headache – correct
- I’m having a headache – Incorrect
- have is more common than have got when talking in the past.
- She had a pink guitar when she was 13. – more common
- She had got a pink guitar when she was 13. – less common
- Did you have a headache yesterday? – more common
- Had you got a headache yesterday? – less common
See the phonemic chart for IPA symbols used below.
- In fast connected speech, assimilation occurs with got in have got when the following word begins with a vowel sound.
- I’ve got a cat: /gɒdə/
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