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Hi Peter,
I haven't understood the difference between "have got" and "have". Can you explain again for me and give more some examples? And I wonder if we can use "get" instead of "have"? Ex: "I get a job" instead of "I have a job"

Hello Linh Nhu,

This archived BBC page is a good source of information about the difference between 'have' and 'have got'. Keep in mind that 'have got' has a more limited range of uses than 'have', and 'have' can be used in all cases if you don't want to use 'have got' when you speak. Other people, particularly native speakers, will probably use it, but you yourself can always say some form of 'have' if you prefer.

'Get' has a different meaning than 'have'. Actually, 'get' has many different meanings – check the dictionary and you'll see it can mean 'arrive', 'obtain' and even 'understand' (plus more). The context will make it clear which meaning is intended, but in general 'I got a job' is ('got' is the simple past of 'get') is about the moment when you started working somewhere, whereas 'I have a job' is a general statement indicating that you work somewhere.

I hope this helps.

Best wishes,
The LearnEnglish Team

Hello Kirk,
I understood somewhat, I'll study some more to understand more.

Thank you very much.
Best wishes,

Hello The LearnEnglish Team!
I just wanna say big thanks to Rob!He is very nice teacher.He gives clear explanations and good advises!
Best regards,


Hello everybody,
sometimes I use "must" instead of "have to" with, I think, the same meaning like:

"We must work to pay for our stay" and "We must get the eggs"

but, is it a mistake?
Perhaps, I think that they have the same meaning but is it not true?

Thanks a lot for the answer
Best wishes

Hello Eugenia,

Both 'must' and 'have to' describe obligation; they are very close in meaning and are often interchangeable. The difference is slight, and it is that we tend to use 'must' when the obligation comes from ourselves - we decide that something must be done - whereas we tend to use 'have to' when the obligation comes from something external, such as the law, regulations, the weather, an illness and so on.

I hope that clarifies it for you. For more information take a look at this page.

Best wishes,



The LearnEnglish Team

Thanks for this explanation. I also didn't know difference