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


Watch the video and then do the tasks.



Hi there,

I'd like to clarify why we can't use 'have got' for
'I have difficulty speaking in English'. Based on the explanation given, 'have got' can only be used for things and not action. The use here seems to refer to things not actions, so I'm confused as to why it cannot be used.


Hello gerry_james,

'Speaking' here is an action, even though it is a noun (gerund), grammatically speaking. Compare the following::

I have difficulty speaking in English. - OK

I have got difficulty speaking in English. - not OK

I have problems in English. - OK

I have got problems in English. - OK


Best wishes,


The LearnEnglish Team

Thanks, Peter!

Hi, The LearnEnglish Team

Thank you very much indeed for your team and your lessons. It's really helping me to improve my listening, reading and vocabulary of English.

I've almost got/finish Word on the Street lessons. Which one is better to study for me next?

Thank you very much again.


Hello saagii,

Wow, great work! I'd suggest Elementary Podcasts or Big City Small World next, which are both audio series that also have lots of exercises. There's another video series called Britain is GREAT also if you prefer video.

Be sure to keep a list of vocabulary that you learn – not just words but also phrases, expressions, phrasal verbs, etc. – as you can really expand your vocabulary immensely this way.

All the best and thanks for all your comments!

Best wishes,
The LearnEnglish Team

Hello Kirk,

Thank you very much for your advice. I see and I'll try to do it next lessons.

Best regards,


Hello Peter,
I was wondering if you could explain me the meaning of "When is Isabelle due? She is getting really
Thank you.

Hello Patricia Susana,

People often speak about a woman 'being due' to refer to the date that she expects to give birth to a baby. So in this case they're asking what day Isabelle's baby is due to be born and the last comment suggests that it looks as if it will be soon.

Best wishes,
The LearnEnglish Team

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