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Have Got: Rules of Use in English

Learn When to Use "Have Got" with a Simple Explanation

We previously talked about the difference between Have got and Has got, and also about the difference between Have and Have got and we will now talk about the rules for using have got. 


When to use "have got"?


In British English have got is used more often and is considered informal.

Please have a look at the following uses. 

1. Using "have got" in regular sentences, examples:

  • I have got a brother. (I've got)
  • You have got a sister. (You've got)
  • He has got a cat. (He's got)
  • She has got a dog. (She's got)
  • It has got Bluetooth. (It's got)
  • We have got books. (We've got)
  • You have got a nice room. (You've got)
  • They have got pets. (They've got)

2. Using "have got" in the negative, examples:

  • I have not got a brother. (haven't got ) (I've not got)
  • You have not got a sister. (haven't got ) (You've not got)
  • He has not got a cat. (hasn't got ) (He's not got)
  • She has not got a dog. (hasn't got ) (She' s not got )
  • It has not got Bluetooth. (hasn't got ) (It's not got)
  • We have not got books. (haven't got ) (We've not got)
  • You have not got a nice room. (haven't got ) (You've not got)
  • They have not got pets. (haven't got ) (They've not got)

3. Using "have got" in questions, examples:

  • Have I got time?
  • Have you got pets?
  • Has he got a computer?
  • Has she got a mobile phone?
  • Has it got Bluetooth?
  • Have we got ketchup?
  • Have you got a yellow car?
  • Have they got nice teachers?

4. Negation can be in questions, for example:

  • Haven't you got a brother?

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