Have got and have mean the same. Have got is more informal. We use have (got) here to refer to both verbs:
- I’ve got a terrible pain in my back.
- I have a terrible pain in my back. (more formal)
- They haven’t got a car.
- They don’t have a car. (more formal)
Have or Have got: Affirmative, Negative and Question form
In spoken and informal written English, have got can be used instead of havein four situations. You can use have got to talk about …
1. Things we own or possess
– We have a house in Vancouver.
– We’ve got a house in Vancouver.
– He has a new car!
– He’s got a new car!
2. Family and relationships
– I have a new boyfriend.
– I’ve got a new boyfriend.
– Mike doesn’t have any brothers.
– Mike hasn’t got any brothers.
3. People and physical characteristics
– Carol has brown eyes.
– Carol’s got brown eyes.
– He doesn’t have blond hair.
– He hasn’t got blond hair.
4. Illness or saying that you don’t feel well
– I have a bad cold.
– I’ve got a bad cold.
– Do you have the flu?
– Have you got the flu?
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