Have and have got(= for possession, relationships, illnesses etc.)
You can use have or have got. There is no difference in meaning:
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We have a new table. or We’ve got a new table.
Den has three sisters. or Den’s got three sisters.
I have a stomached. or I’ve got a stomached.
Our house has a small garden. or Our house has got a small garden.
She has a few problems. or She’s got a few problems.
With these meanings (possession etc.), you cannot use continuous forms (am having etc.):
We’re enjoying our holiday. We have I We’ve got a nice room in the hotel. (not We’re
having a nice room)
For the past we use had (without got):
Ann had long hair when she was a child. (not Ann had got)
In questions and negative sentences there are three possible forms:
Do you have any questions? I don’t have any questions.
Have you got any questions? I haven’t got any questions.
Have you any questions? (less usual) I haven’t any questions. (less usual)
Does he have a dog? I He doesn’t have a dog.
Has he got a dog? He hasn’t got a dog.
Has he a dog? (less usual) He hasn’t a dog. (less usual)
In past questions and negative sentences we use did/didn’t:
Did you have a dog when you were living in Moscow?
I didn’t have my phone, so I couldn’t call you.
Ben had long hair, didn’t he?
Have breakfast I have a shower I have a good time etc.
We also use have (but not have got) for many actions and experiences.
breakfast / dinner / a cup of coffee / something to eat etc.
a bath / a shower / a swim / a break / a rest / a party / a holiday /
an accident / an experience / a dream
have a Look (at something)
a chat / a conversation / a discussion (with somebody)
trouble / difficulty I fun / a good time et c.
a baby (= give birth to a baby)
Have got is not possible in the expressions in the box. Compare:
Sometimes I have (= eat) a sandwich for my lunch. (not I’ve got)
but I’ve got / I have some sandwiches. Would you like one?
You can use continuous forms (am having etc.) with the expressions in the box:
We’re enjoying our holiday. We’re having a great time. (not We have)
Ann is having a shower at the moment. She has a shower every day.
In questions and negative sentences we use do/does/did:
I don’t usually have a big breakfast. (not I usually haven’t)
What time does Ben have lunch? (not has Ben lunch)
Did you have trouble finding a place to live?