Look at these examples to see how we use have/has got.
I've got a big family.
We haven't got a garden.
Have you got any pets?
Try this exercise to test your grammar.
- Grammar test 1
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We use I/you/we/they + have got or he/she/it + has got to talk about things that we have.
In many situations, have and have got mean the same thing. Have got is a little less formal than have. We often use have got more in speaking and have more in writing.
They have got a big garden. = They have a big garden.
She has got a good job. = She has a good job.
We can use have/has got to talk about appearance, family and friends or possessions. We often contract the verb, especially when we're speaking.
I have got brown hair. = I've got brown hair.
My sister has got long hair. = My sister's got long hair.
He has not got many friends. = He hasn't got many friends.
They have got a new car. = They've got a new car.
We can also use have/has got for timetabled events, illnesses or abstract things.
They've got basketball practice this evening.
He's got a terrible cold.
I've got a good idea!
|have got||'ve got|
|has got||'s got|
For negatives, use not after have/has. We can contract negatives.
We have not got any pets. = We haven't got any pets.
She has not got a brother. = She hasn't got a brother.
|have not got||haven't got|
|has not got||hasn't got|
To make questions, use have/has + subject + got.
Have you got a big house?
How many rooms has it got?
|Subject pronoun||yes/no question||Question with question word, e.g. what, who, how many, etc.|
|Have (we) got (time)?||What have (you) got?|
|Has (she) got (a car)?||What has (he) got?|
For yes/no questions, we can use short answers.
Have you got a new job? No, I haven't.
Has she got a meeting this morning? Yes, she has.
Yes, I/you/we/they have.
|No, I/you/we/they haven't.|
Yes, he/she/it has.
|No, he/she/it hasn't.|
Have/has got is only used in the present tense. For the past, use had without got.
I had got a red bike when I was young.
I had a red bike when I was young.
Do this exercise to test your grammar again.
- Grammar test 2