have got

How to use have got

1. You can use have got instead of have to talk about possessions in the present.

For example:

I have a red car. = I have got a red car.

Do you have a red car? = Have you got a red car?

2. You can use have got to talk about family

For example:

I have two brothers. = I have got two brothers.

Do you have any brothers? = Have you got any brothers?

3. You can use have got to talk about sickness

For example:

I have a cold. = I have got a cold.

Do you have a stomachache? = Have you got a stomachache?

4. You can use have got to describe people.

For example:

She has long hair. = She has got long hair.

Does she have blue eyes? = Has she got blue eyes?

Important notes

  • have got is not used in the past. For past possessions we use had. (I had a dog when I was a child. Did you have any pets when you were a child?)
  • In North America have…/ Do you have…? is more common than I’ve got/ Have you got …? in spoken English.
Full formContractionNegative
I have gotI’ve gotI haven’t got
You have gotYou’ve gotYou haven’t got
He/She/It has gotHe/She/ It‘s gotHe/She/ It hasn’t got
We have gotWe’ve gotWe haven’t got
They have gotThey’ve gotThey haven’t got

(?) Question(+) Short answer(-) Short answer
Have I got …?Yes, I have.No, I haven’t.
Have you got…?Yes, you have.No, you haven’t.
Has he/ she/ it got…?Yes, he/ she/ it has.No, he/ she/ it hasn’t.
Have we got…?Yes, we have.No, we haven’t.
Have they got…?Yes, they have.No, they haven’t.

 Grammar Practice

Level of difficulty: ⭐

Write (+), (-) or (?) sentences with the correct form of have got.

Flip the cards to see the correct answer.

Level of difficulty: ⭐⭐

Complete the sentences with the right form of have got.

 Speaking Practice

Level of difficulty: ⭐⭐

Look at the pictures and tell your partner which things you have got and which things you haven’t got. Give your partner as many details as you can.

For example:

I’ve got a dog, but I haven’t got a cat. My friend gave me a puppy 5 years ago for my birthday. She’s a beautiful mutt dog. She’s got brown eyes and white fur.

Let’s sing!

This song is perfect to practice “have got”

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