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Verb «Have Got»


Verb «Have Got»


Which is the right form?

I havenīt got
I donīt have

26 Jan 2009      


No difference as far as I know... but second one is Simple Present Tense whereas the first one is the possession "have got"..
Hope it helps

26 Jan 2009     


Both are right.
Best regards.

26 Jan 2009     

United States

"I havenīt got" a clue what the rule book says because "I donīt have"  my rule book with me, but both sound right.


26 Jan 2009     


Both of them are correct as far as I know British people use HAVE GOT and American people the second one. But both r just correct

26 Jan 2009     

United States

Actually, we use "have got" in the US as well i.e.: "Have you got a light?", just not as often as in the UK

26 Jan 2009     


I say: I donīt have lunch in the canteen.
I Donīt say: I havenīt lunch in the school canteen.
How can you explain that?

26 Jan 2009     


To `have lunch` means `eat lunch` so the usage of have is different there. As another example to `have a party` means to put on a party. We don`t own the party :) Does that make sense? or`have a meeting`. or `have a shower` they are all actions not ownership.

26 Jan 2009     


Denizt explained it to you.
"Have got" for possession! You cannot say "I havenīt lunch in the school canteen". In that case, you can only use "donīt have"!
Good luck! Wink

26 Jan 2009     


I havenīt got - Itīs the negative form of the verb "TO HAVE GOT" that doesnīt need an auxiliary to form the negative and the interrogative forms.

I have got a blue car/ I havenīt got a blue car/ Have I got a blue car?

I donīt have - itīs the negative form of the verb "TO HAVE". This verb needs an auxiliary to do the negative and interrogative.

I have a red car. / I donīt have a red car./ Do I have a red car?

You can always check your doubts on this wonderful site: http://www.britishcouncil.org/learnenglish-central-grammar-have-v-have-got.htm

Best regards

26 Jan 2009     

Olindalima ( F )

Ok, here I go....
I love this kind of " conversation"
Some of you have referred that "havenīt got " is the negative of the verb " have got".
In my opinion this is not correct.

"havenīt got "  is the negative of the verb GET, in the present perfect.
Thatīs why... and now talking to SGRANJA ( one of my Portuguese fellows )

I say: I donīt have lunch in the canteen.
I Donīt say: I havenīt lunch in the school canteen.
How can you explain that?

your second sentence is not correct. - (
I havenīt lunch in the school canteen. )
The verb To have needs an auxiliary to build negat and interrog.
You say I have = I donīt have

When you say I have got you are using the main verb GET and not the verb Have; so this is a present Perfect of get, you already have an auxiliary  ( have ) you make negatives and Interrog with it.
Like this

I have a car. I donīt have a car

I have got a car. I havenīt got a car.

Meanwhile, as reported before, some people consider that using "have got " is more British, while using " have " is more American.
Have got also has a deep meaning of something you got, you made some effort to achieve,  while using "have" alone means you have something frequently or some now and then, but you didnīt take any part in getting it.

Let me tell you one thing, trying to clarify my last paragraph.
Some time ago, some of my students wrote some "brilliant" essays and they wrote things like these: I have got brown eyes, I have got curly hair, I have got a nice .... "
An American teacher called my attention and said that " They havenīt got, they simply HAVE... because they didnīt get those things, they were born with brown or blue eyes, but they havenīt got them.
Ok, now here I am, you can crucify me
Hugs, and let me know what you think

27 Jan 2009     

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