Have or have got?

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Have got means exactly the same as have in affirmative clauses. Got-forms of have are informal, and are most common in the present.


In questions and negatives, we do not normally use have without got.

Note that it is also possible to use do-forms of have instead of got-forms.

Cases where have got is not used

Have got is not used in short answers or tags.

Got-forms of have are less common in the past tense.

British-American differences

In British English, have without got is possible in short questions and negatives, though these are often formal.


See Also

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