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

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Intermediate: B1

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Hello, British council team
I wonder why these two sentences in task one are wrong:
"I had got a really interesting conversation.."
"Have got a holiday."
I will appreciate if you help

Hello parisaach,

We do not use have got to talk about things we do, but rather things we possess or consider to belong to us. For example:

I have got a car.

I have got two sisters.

I have got a problem.

I have got a headache.

 

We can also use have in these contexts, but have can have other meanings too. We can use it to replace certain other verbs:

I have breakfast at 6.00.

I always have a glass of wine with my dinner.

I have some free time tomorrow.

 

We would not use have got with 'conversation' or 'holiday'.

 

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

I think you made a mistake in the second exercice. In the last sentence, it's written : Did you have to wear a uniform when you were at school? Don't you think it should be "an uniform" ?
Stéphane

Hello Stephane,

The correct form is 'a uniform'. The use of a or an depends upon the sound which follows it. Although 'uniform' begins with a vowel, the sound is /j/, which is the same sound at the beginning of words such as 'yes' or 'yellow'.

This is quite common for words beginning with 'u'. We say 'a university', 'a union' and 'a uniform', for example. However, we say 'an umbrella' and 'an unusual day' because these words have a different sound at the beginning.

 

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

What is the difference between "to depend on" and "to depend upon" ? :-)

Best regards,

Stéphane

Hello Stephane,

I don't think there is any difference in meaning. 'Upon' sounds a little more formal, I would say.

 

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

Thanks a lot and I'm sorry to think that you made a mistake...

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,
Kirk
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.

Thanks

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