Big Meal Scene 2 Language Focus


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

Watch the video and then do the tasks.



I really don't undersand that 'have got' rules.Can I look it up somewhere? Thanks for helping me out.

Hello bliksala,

I'm not sure exactly which rules you mean here. Are you talking about meaning (possession, obligation, reception of something from someone) or form (how to make questions, negatives etc.)?

'Have got' is used in a range of ways but we can't provide long, in-depth explanations in the comments sections of the pages. Perhaps you could post an example sentence which you find confusing and we'll be happy to explain it for you.

Best wishes,


The LearnEnglish Team

Hi Peter,

I have problems with all the questions in task 3 of this section.Rob is explaining in the video at 01.08 that you can use 'have got' for things and not for actions and after that some examples are following
like I haven't got enough time but that you can't say; I have got breakfast at 7 o'clock.
Can you tell me in a different way how to understand this.

Thanks for all:-)

Hi bliksala,

In English the verb 'have' can be used as a substitute for a number of other verbs in certain phrases, whereas 'have got' cannot be. For example:

'...have a shower' usually means '...take a shower' (rather than '...own a shower')

'...have a coffee' usually means '...drink or buy a coffee' rather than '...possess a coffee')

'...have breakfast' usually means ' breakfast' rather than '...possess a coffee')

In all of these examples 'have got' would only be used to indicate possession.

Best wishes,


The LearnEnglish Team

Hi carnations,

The sentence means 'When is she going to have her baby?' - it is used when a woman is pregnant.

Best wishes,



The LearnEnglish Team

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.

Best wishes,
The LearnEnglish Team

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