Have vs. Have Got: Difference Between Have & Have Got

Have vs. have got! Learn the difference between have and have got in English with examples and ESL picture.

Have vs. Have Got

How to Use Have

Have is a causative verb in English.

Positive Sentence:

S + have/has

Negative Sentence: 

S + do not (don’t)/does not (doesn’t)+ have

Question Form:

Do/Does + S + have…?

How to Use Have Got

Positive Sentence:

S + have got (‘ve got)/has got (‘s got)

Negative Sentence: 

S + have not (haven’t) /has not (hasn’t) + got

Question Form:

Have/Has + S + got…?

When to Use Have vs. Have Got

  • To talk about the things we possess

Examples:

have/have got a new mobile phone.

Paul doesn’t have/hasn’t got a car.

  • To talk about our relationships with other people

Example:

Jane has/has got a brother.

  • To talk about what we look like

Example:

She has/has got blue eyes.

  • To talk about sickness or temporary state

Examples:

have/ I’ve got a cold.

They have/have got a problem.

Difference Between Have vs. Have Got

  • Use have (not have got) to talk about things we do (meals, holidays…) and with a bath, a shower, or a wash.

Examples:

have a cup of coffee at seven o’clock.

Do you normally have a big breakfast?

Have a good holiday!

She’s having a shower at the moment.

I always have a wash before I go out.

  • We don’t use got in short answers:

Example:

A: Have you got a dog?
B: No, I haven’t.

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Irina
Irina
4 months ago

A good joke from a British grammarian to illustrate the use of ‘have’ and ‘have got’.
American Professor: Do you have children?
British Professor: Yes, every year.

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