462 – Have Got and Have Gotten – English Grammar Lesson

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A lot of English learners have some trouble with HAVE GOT & HAVE GOTTEN. I think one reason is that there is a difference between how these phrases are used in American English and British English. For today’s English Podcast lesson, let’s look at the most common ways we use HAVE GOT & HAVE GOTTEN in everyday American English.

Here are the example sentences. To get the details of this English lesson, you need to listen to the podcast or check the transcript for the details:

  • Jane told me she’s got an extra table that we can use for the party.
  • You can’t ask Jenny for a date. She’s got a boyfriend.
  • This company’s got a very strict attendance and vacation policy.
  • I saw Jim’s kids over the weekend. They’ve gotten so big since the last time I saw them.
  • Jack’s gotten a lot more customers since he started using Instagram for his business.
  • I’ve noticed that since I’ve gotten older, my taste in music has changed.
  • You’ve got to have a passport if you want to travel overseas.
  • We’ve got to take the 3:00 train in order to arrive on time for the musical.
  • I’ve got to work on Sunday, so I can’t go to the party.
  • As an English teacher, I’ve gotten to meet a lot of very nice people.
  • I never liked drinking tea, but recently I’ve gotten to enjoy it as much as coffee.
  • The boss isn’t such a bad guy. I’ve gotten to know him since we started playing golf together.
  • I’ve got to go to the dentist means it’s necessary to go to the dentist.
  • I’ve gotten to go to the dentist means I’ve had the chance to go to the dentist.
  • I’ve got to leave the office at 4pm today means it’s necessary to leave the office at 4.
  • I’ve gotten to leave the office at 4pm today means I’ve obtained permission to leave the office at 4.

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