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Difference between TO HAVE and TO HAVE GOT


Difference between TO HAVE and TO HAVE GOT
Hi everyone

can someone explain me what is the difference between have and have got. And why do we say

I HAVEN ´T GOT a car.


I DON ´T HAVE a car.

Please help



12 Apr 2010      


As far as I know: I ´ve got is American English whereas I have is British  English. the same  goes with the negative forms.

12 Apr 2010     

United States

We use both forms in American English. There is no difference at all in meaning if you follow the verb with a noun. I ´ve got a headache. I have a headache. They mean exactly the same thing.

If you follow the verb with an infinitive (in other words, have or have got is used as a modal), then the form with "got" sounds more urgent. "I have got to study" sounds more urgent than "I have to study."

12 Apr 2010     


While both forms are correct (and accepted in both British and American English), have got (have you got, he hasn ´t got, etc.) is generally the preferred form in British English while most speakers of American English employ the have (do you have, he doesn ´t have etc.)

12 Apr 2010     


Another important difference is that ´have got ´ is normally used just in the present tense; you use ´have ´ for the other tenses.
Then again, ´have ´ is used for general possession ´I have  a house in the country ´, while ´have got ´ is more like ´I am carrying this on me ´ (have you got a pen?) and also for circumstancial facts ´I ´ve got an appointment with the dentist ´.
Hope it is useful - there must be loads of materials on it, but this is just what I can remember on the spur of the moment.

12 Apr 2010