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Have and have got

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?

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