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English Beginner Grammar

 

Have and Have Got

The differences between 'have' and 'have got' can be confusing for beginners. Here is a guide the two forms. When you finish reviewing try the 'Have / Have got' Quiz to check your understanding.

Remember these important points:


'Have' and 'Have got' are used for possession.
Example: Jack has got a beautiful house. OR Jack has a beautiful house.


Only 'have' is used when talking about actions.
Example: I usually have breakfast at 8 o'clock. NOT I usually have got breakfast at 8 o'clock.


The question form for 'have' follows regular present simple:
Example: Do you have a fast car? NOT Have you a fast car?


'Have' and 'Have got' are only used in the present simple. Use 'have' for the past simple or future forms.
Example: She had a copy of that book.

There is no contracted form for 'Have' in the positive form. The contracted form is used for 'have got'
Example: I have a red bicycle. OR I've got a red bicycle. NOT I've a red bicycle.

Info about studying in English countries:

  • Guide to Study in the USA: Find universities and colleges in the United States. If offers also pratical information for students that are planning to study in the United States.
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