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Learn the difference between ‘have’ and ‘have got’ #StudyTip

30th July 2017

Do you have some time? We hope you do! We are back with another #StudyTip lesson to teach you when to use ‘haveand ‘have got’. Not sure? After this lesson you will know how to use the verb correctly!


My sister has/ has got a house in the city.

Her husband has/ has got and art studio in London.

If you have/ have got something, it is yours, it belongs to you.

He has/ has got a bad cold at the moment.

Use have/ have got to describe illness.

They have/ have got two young sons.

Use have/ have got to describe relationships.

She has/ has got brown hair.

Use have/ have got to describe appearance.


Have is a full verb. Use do, does and did in questions, short answers and negatives.

Do you have a car? Yes, they do. I didn’t have a job last year.

 In negatives and questions, have got is more common than have with do. We don’t use have got in short answers. Have you got a car? He hasn’t got a bike. He doesn’t have a bike (less common)

Have + noun

Have breakfast/ lunch/ dinner

We had lunch in a café.

Have a wash/ a shower/ a bath

I had a quick shower before work.

Have a drink/ something to eat

We had a drink with our bosses last night.

Have a swim/ a walk/ a run  (activities you do because you enjoy them )

I have a run every morning before I go to school.

Have a  (great, nice) time/ day

I had a great time in Cardiff.

Have a break = stop work for a short period and relax

Have a rest = relax and do nothing

Let’s have a break for 5 minutes.

I am going to have a rest this weekend.

We can’t use ‘have got’ in these expressions.

Test your knowledge:

  1. I__________ an old car.
  2. Let’s ­­­­­_________ a break for 10 minutes
  3. Do you ­­_________ any sisters?
  4. _______a computer?
  5. We_____a nice walk yesterday.

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