Rob and Ashlie discuss different uses of the word ‘have’ and loads of other things.

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Language level

Intermediate: B1


can we say " I'm going to make a cake. do we have got any butter? " and what's the different with saying " .... have we got any butter ? " . thanks

Hello M.A.KH,

I'm afraid 'Do we have got any butter?' is not grammatically correct. In 'have got', 'have' acts as an auxiliary verb, and so the verb 'do' is not used to make a question. Instead, it should 'Have we got any butter?'.

You could also say 'Do we have any butter?'. Here, the verb is 'have' (not 'have got') and so it needs an auxiliary verb for a question.

You can read more about 'have' and 'have got' on this page if you'd like to know more about this. Please don't hesitate to ask us any further questions you may have.

All the best,
The LearnEnglish Team

hello dears,

I found below information in a website:
I have a car. I haven't a car.
I have a car. I don't have a car.

you have a car,haven't you? mostly british english
you have a car, don't you? mostly american english

other websites say: "haven't" is an old fashioned usage of have, now modern use is "don't"

I got confused, formal/informal have, or british/american have, old/modern have...

please help.


Hello fadi76,

We don't comment on other websites, I'm afraid.

What I can tell you is that 'don't have' is the standard negative form of 'have'. In modern English 'haven't' is not used in isolation but rather only as an auxiliary ('haven't got').

The question tag is similar. If the verb is 'have' then the tag is 'don't you'; if the verb is 'have got' then 'haven't you' is used. I am a British English speaker, by the way.


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The LearnEnglish Team

Hello, Team.
Ashlie : Right. Yeah. I think we've got enough. Come on. Let's make some lunch.
According to this lesson (The Present Perfect Tense), could I change " we've got enough" in the sentence above into " we've had enough" ?
( I don't mean to change 'got' here to 'had').
Would you like to explain, please?
Thank you very much.

Hello Nizam Balinese,

The two sentences have different meanings so you cannot swap one for the other here.

We've got enough means we don't need to continue as we have what we need.

We've had enough means that we do not want to continue because we are bored, tired or similar.


Best wishes,


The LearnEnglish Team

why doesn't this video have the part of the answer for funny quiz?

Hello lekimkhanh0109,

I'm not quite sure what you mean by 'funny quiz'. Which task are you referring to?

In general, to see the answers to any of our tasks just click 'Finished' after entering your answers and then choose 'Show answers'.


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The LearnEnglish Team

Hi Teacher, thanks for the lesson. I have a question about the task 1, please. I'm Italian so the word "conversation" maybe has confused (or confused? I think I have a big problem with present perfect vs past simple, even if I study them every day :) ) me, because in italian language "Conversazione" is a noun, like "Talk". Correct me, please: "have got a conversation" is wrong because we're talking about an action? And what about "Have got a talk"? Is it correct?
Thank you so much, Valentina

Hello Vafortina,

'conversation' is a noun, but 'talk' can be used as a verb (e.g. 'A woman started talking to him') and as a noun (e.g. 'The ambassador gave a talk on freedom of religion').

I can't think of a time when you'd say 'have got a conversation' because 'have got' is used to express possession or necessity. 'have a conversation', however, is quite common – in this case, 'have' is used as a delexical verb, just like when we say 'to have a shower' to mean 'to shower' or 'to have tea' to mean 'to drink tea'.

The same is true of 'have got a talk' and 'have a talk' – the first one is not used, but the second one is very common and essentially means 'talk'.

Also, 'have got' is not used to form the present perfect – only 'have' is used. For example, 'I have talked' is a present perfect form and 'I have got talked' is not. The past simple form is 'I talked'.

I'd encourage you to look up these words in the Cambridge Dictionary, where you can see all the different meanings they have as well as more example sentences.

All the best,
The LearnEnglish Team