Have or have got?
- She has got a new boyfriend. (= She has a new boyfriend.)
- My mother has got two sisters. (= My mother has two sisters.)
- They have got a car. (= They have a car.)
- Has your sister got a car? (More natural than Has your sister a car.)
- I havent got your keys. (More natural than I havent your keys.)
Note that it is also possible to use do-forms of have instead of got-forms.
- Does your sister have a car? (= Has your sister got a car?)
- I donít have your keys. (= I havent got your keys.)
Cases where have got is not used
Have got is not used in short answers or tags.
- Have you got a headache? Yes, I have. (NOT Yes, I have got.)
- She has got a new car, hasnt she? (NOT --- hasnt she got?)
Got-forms of have are less common in the past tense.
- I had flu last week. (NOT I had got flu last week.)
In British English, have without got is possible in short questions and negatives, though these are often formal.
- Have you a car? (Formal GB only)
- Have you got a car? OR Do you have a car? (US/GB)
- Its a nice flat, but it hasnt a proper bathroom. (Formal GB only)
- Its a nice flat, but it doesnt have a proper bathroom. OR Its a nice flat, but it hasnt got a proper bathroom. (US/GB)
...hardly ...when/before ...
Have or have got
Have vs Having
Hear and listen
He, she or they
How and what like?
However, yet, still, though
How ever and however
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