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Have got (Common in British English)                        
Also refer to the lesson with "have" used in American English. 
                     
Students often want to know if have and have got can be used interchangebly. Additionally, they want to know which of the two they should use and if they are interchangeable.                        
The answer is that "have" and "have got" are the same in meaning when we want to express possession of something. And, yes, they are very often interchangeable.                        

There are important differences in grammar and usage between "have", "have got" and "got".                        

This is what you should remember if you decide to use have got:                        
Have got is for spoken British English, in American English we simply use "have".                        
                        
And always use "have" in formal written English (business correspondences, emails, etc.).                        
For Facebook "have got" in British English is fine and "got" in American English is fine.  It is preferable to use "have" in American English.  
                    
There isn't anything necessarily wrong with using "got" instead of "have got" or "have" in spoken English.                        
Use contractions with "have got"                                            
For example:                        
I’ve got                        
I haven’t got                        
he’s got                        
he hasn’t got                        
we’ve got; we haven’t got; everyone’s got; it’s got; it hasn’t got; they’ve got, etc.     
                   
Various question and negative forms:                       
With "have got" we don’t use helping verbs such as "do" and "don’t" to form questions and negatives.                        
When asking questions, we invert the subject with "have" or "has":                        
positive: you’ve got                        
question: have you got?                        
positive: he’s got                        
question: has he got?                        
For negatives, we put not (n’t) after have or has, as follows:                        
positive: you’ve got                        
negative: you haven’t got                        
positive: she’s got                        
negative: she hasn’t got.          
             
Have got is used only in the present:                        
"Have got" only exists in the present simple tense. We don’t use it in the continuous, past or future tenses.                        
For example:
present simple tense: He’s got a problem.                        
past simple tense: He had a problem.                        
future simple: He’ll have a problem.                        

 


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