Big Meal Scene 2 Language Focus

 

Rob talks to Ashlie about a range of uses of the verb get.

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hi
thank you peter sir. but according to my understanding in sentence 3,there is possession.please correct me if i am wrong.

Hi archijais,

'to have a baby' means 'to give birth'. One could interpret the sentence with 'had' meaning 'possessed', but that would imply that the woman had a baby in her possession but no longer does. That is certainly possible, but a much more likely meaning is that she gave birth to a baby.

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Kirk
The LearnEnglish Team

hi...
I just want to know why i cant use have got in sentence no-3 and 6 of task 2.

Hello archijais,

'Have got' is used for possession and in these sentences the 'have' is not being used in that way (e.g. 'have breakfast' means 'eat breakfast' not 'possess breakfast').

Best wishes,

 

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

I couldnt understand "get the chief" means. I was wondering if you could help me

Hello Emir,

Where did you see this sentence? I don't see it in any of the exercises.

Best wishes,

Adam
The LearnEnglish Team

Hey everyone, I`m wajih abbas from Pakistan . I like this series a lot and its really improve my English a lot. I practice it everyday and my English is getting better and better day by day. thank you so much for such a great website and I am great-full to all the members of this website :) :)

My sister in law had a baby recently.Why does this sentence choose "can't use have got"? I'm confused. If this is an action, We may choose that answer. But I think had a baby means a things.What do you think?

Hi angelali,

When we say 'have a baby' it can mean two things:

1) 'She has a baby' = 'She is a parent (of a young child)'

2) 'She had a baby' = 'She gave birth to a baby'

We can use 'have got' for the first meaning, but not for the second.  Your sentence has the second meaning - we can tell this because of the word 'recently', and because it is a past form - and so 'have got' is not possible.

I hope that clarifies it for you.

Best wishes,

 

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

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