Farming Scene 2 - Language Focus

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

Watch the video. Then go to Task and do the activities.

Language level

Intermediate: B1

Submitted by Bara on Thu, 26/03/2020 - 17:55

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Hi team, please help me.... I can say..... I have got a car. or I have a car. Could I just say ...... I got a car. ????

Hello Bara,

You can say either I have got  or I have in this context, and the meaning is the same.

I got is also possible, but it has a different meaning. We would use this when we buy something or someone gives us something.

 

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

Submitted by parisaach on Sun, 03/11/2019 - 05:32

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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

Submitted by Stephane on Mon, 11/02/2019 - 17:11

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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

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

Submitted by M.A.KH on Sat, 27/10/2018 - 12:10

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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

Submitted by fadi76 on Wed, 09/08/2017 - 17:49

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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

Hello fadi76,

We don't comment on other websites, I'm afraid.

What I can tell you is that 'don't have' is the standard negative form of 'have'. In modern English 'haven't' is not used in isolation but rather only as an auxiliary ('haven't got').

The question tag is similar. If the verb is 'have' then the tag is 'don't you'; if the verb is 'have got' then 'haven't you' is used. I am a British English speaker, by the way.

 

Best wishes,

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

Submitted by Nizam Balinese on Sun, 02/04/2017 - 14:47

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Hello, Team. Ashlie : Right. Yeah. I think we've got enough. Come on. Let's make some lunch. ================ According to this lesson (The Present Perfect Tense), could I change " we've got enough" in the sentence above into " we've had enough" ? ( I don't mean to change 'got' here to 'had'). Would you like to explain, please? Thank you very much.

Hello Nizam Balinese,

The two sentences have different meanings so you cannot swap one for the other here.

We've got enough means we don't need to continue as we have what we need.

We've had enough means that we do not want to continue because we are bored, tired or similar.

 

Best wishes,

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

Submitted by lekimkhanh0109 on Thu, 02/02/2017 - 13:49

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why doesn't this video have the part of the answer for funny quiz?

Hello lekimkhanh0109,

I'm not quite sure what you mean by 'funny quiz'. Which task are you referring to?

In general, to see the answers to any of our tasks just click 'Finished' after entering your answers and then choose 'Show answers'.

 

Best wishes,

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

Submitted by Vafortina on Mon, 30/01/2017 - 18:46

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Hi Teacher, thanks for the lesson. I have a question about the task 1, please. I'm Italian so the word "conversation" maybe has confused (or confused? I think I have a big problem with present perfect vs past simple, even if I study them every day :) ) me, because in italian language "Conversazione" is a noun, like "Talk". Correct me, please: "have got a conversation" is wrong because we're talking about an action? And what about "Have got a talk"? Is it correct? Thank you so much, Valentina

Hello Vafortina,

'conversation' is a noun, but 'talk' can be used as a verb (e.g. 'A woman started talking to him') and as a noun (e.g. 'The ambassador gave a talk on freedom of religion').

I can't think of a time when you'd say 'have got a conversation' because 'have got' is used to express possession or necessity. 'have a conversation', however, is quite common – in this case, 'have' is used as a delexical verb, just like when we say 'to have a shower' to mean 'to shower' or 'to have tea' to mean 'to drink tea'.

The same is true of 'have got a talk' and 'have a talk' – the first one is not used, but the second one is very common and essentially means 'talk'.

Also, 'have got' is not used to form the present perfect – only 'have' is used. For example, 'I have talked' is a present perfect form and 'I have got talked' is not. The past simple form is 'I talked'.

I'd encourage you to look up these words in the Cambridge Dictionary, where you can see all the different meanings they have as well as more example sentences.

All the best,
Kirk
The LearnEnglish Team

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