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Unread Mar 8th, 2010, 06:15 pm
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Lightbulb 'Have I got" or 'Do I have'?

Hello everyone,
I have another question...!!!!I want to ask my students if they have any questions and sometimes I say "Have you got any questions?" but I often say "Do you have any questions?"
Do we say "I haven't got a dog" or "I don't have a dog"?
Is there a difference between the two expressions or we can use both of them???
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Default Re: 'Have I got" or 'Do I have'?

You can use either. At least in British English. If you scroll back through the threads in this forum you'll find another discussion of the use of have got in American English

I have /Do you have/I don't have is the present simple of the verb have. Have (in these examples) means possess.

I've got /Have you got / I haven't got is the present perfect of the verb get. Get means obtain. The present perfect is used to express the present result of a past action. If the past action is I obtained something then the present result of that action is that I possess it.

Therefore logically [I've got = I possess.

And that leaves us with I have = I possess and I've got = I possess

So : I have = I've got = I possess - and of course the related negative/interrogative forms

The use of I've got has also been extended to cover other sorts of more metaphorical "possession" - I've got two brothers / brown hair / a meeting today /a questionetc. But the underlying rationale is the same.

However, when have does not mean possess but has another meaning (eg drink as in I usually have a coffee before I start work) then obviously have got cannot be used.
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Default Re: 'Have I got" or 'Do I have'?

In American English we don't say, "I haven't got a dog." We say, "I don't have a dog." Questions that begin with "do" are very, very common in American English. Do you like this forum?
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Default Re: 'Have I got" or 'Do I have'?

Here are all the ways I say and teach possession going from formal to very informal:

I have a dog. Normal
I have got a dog. Slang, but common
I've got a dog. Slang, but common
I got a dog. Very informal slang

The one difference between Canada/U.S. and Britain is the question:

Have you any sugar?

We would never say this in North America. We would say, "do you have any sugar" or "have you got any sugar?"

A very quick and informal question that would be common could be this:

You got enough time?
You got any change for the bus?

Those are my thoughts....
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