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I HAVE OR I HAVE GOT?



laninha
Brazil

I HAVE OR I HAVE GOT?
 
good night dear friends!
I wonder what is the correct way to use the verb TO HAVE:
I HAVE TWO SISTERS.
I HAVE GOT TWO SISTERS.
HUGS
LANINHA

9 Sep 2010      



lizsantiago
Puerto Rico

i have - american
i have got -british  both are correct

9 Sep 2010     



laninha
Brazil

Thanks........
laninha

9 Sep 2010     



t.javanshir
Iran

Hi,

In this case they are exactly the same, there is not much difference in the British and American usage nowadays.

Here is some more explanation (from english-test.net):

Have got and have (for possession, relationships, illnesses etc.)

In this case there is no difference in meaning.

They īve got a new car. or They have a new car.
Lisa has got two brothers. or Lisa has two brothers.
I īve got a headache. or I have a headache.

-1st Difference-
*For past you have to use had (without got)
Lisa had long hair. (not Lisa had got long hair.)

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Questions and Negative Sentences

Have you got any questions? - I haven īt got any questions.
Do you have any questions? - I don īt have any questions.
Have you any quentions? (less usual) - I haven īt any questions. (less usual)

-2nd Difference-
*As you can see grammatically all of them correct but using just have is not common (except in British English, Americans say: Do you have...?)

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-3rd Difference-
Have is used for many actions and experiences (but not have got)

breakfast/a cup of tea/dinner/a party/a shower/an accident/a discussion/difficulty/etc.

*Sometimes I have (=eat) a sandwich for my lunch. (not I īve got)
The meaning of have represents action of eating that is why you have to use just have.

*I had (=experience) difficulty finding a place to live.
The meaning of had is experience difficulty doing something so, you have to use just have.

9 Sep 2010     



devesl
India

I have got is more spoken and informal.
I have is more formal.

Yes, there is a difference of country also and I have got is used for possession only and is not used with each expression of have.

9 Sep 2010     



douglas
United States

Liz is correct.  There is a difference.  We do use "have got" in the USA, but significantly less than in the UK.
 
 

9 Sep 2010