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Hey guys it’s Michael here from happy English. It’s the beginning of March but here in New York the weather really feels like the middle of January. It was -8° this morning. Incredible. I am really looking forward to spring.

Ok, for today’s English lesson, I’d like to answer a question from Masoud, who left a voice message on the website. His question was about the difference between Have and Have Got.That’s a great question, Masoud, and I’m sure a lot of other English learners are wondering about that too. Let’s check it out.
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.

  • Tommy has two cars…or… Tommy has got two cars.
  • I have a new coffee maker…or… I’ve got a new coffee maker.
  • Jenny has two kids…or…Jenny’s got two kids.
  • Jack has a cold so he’s not coming to work today…or…Jack’s got a cold, so he’s not coming to work today.
  • You have a stain on your sweater…or…you’ve got a stain on your sweater.
  • I got a new coffee maker.
  • You got a stain on your sweater.
  • I have a new coffee maker… you have got a stain on your sweater.
  • When you fly overseas. You have to have a passport, and you have to show your passport when you go through security.
  • You have got to fasten your seatbelt in the car.
  • You have got to study for this next exam or you won’t pass the course.
  • When you fly overseas you gotta have a passport and you gotta show your passport when you go through security.
  • You have got to try that new pizza shop on Madison Avenue. I think it’s the best in town.
  • I’ve gained 10 kg since last fall. I have got to lose weight.
  • “Do you have a passport?” Is more natural sounding than “Have you got a passport?”
  • “I think Jack doesn’t have a passport.” is more natural sounding than “I think Jack hasn’t got a passport.”

If you know anyone who might be interested in this English language point, why not help them out! Just share this lesson with them. Thanks for studying today!

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