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How to say correct that you are an owner of something - ”I have” something or ”I have got” something?

I heard that "I have got ..." variant is much common for conversational, while just "I have ..." is using in writing.

It's interesting for me to find out opinion of native speakers and other people who has been using English long time.

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StewYorkshire profile picture StewYorkshire3 weeks ago
In conversation I would tend to say, for example: - ”I’ve got two dogs”.
AussieInBg profile picture AussieInBg3 weeks ago

In general, ”I’ve got a car” <--- British English

"I have a car" <--- American English

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  • AussieInBg profile picture AussieInBg2 weeks ago
    ”I have got a car” is very commonly used in British English. ”I have” is not contracted to ”I’ve” to give more emphasis on the statement.

    ”became”/”obtained” infer possession/ownership. However, the emphasis is on acquisition. ”have” puts the stress on ownership, the way in which something was acquired being secondary.

    For example, if a doctor asks ”Are you sick?” then the primary interest is the nature of the symptoms and so on.

    When the question is something like ”Did you become sick?”, the doctor is interested in how the illness was acquired. For example, the doctor might be trying to find out if other family members are also ill.
  • Justwondering profile picture Justwondering3 weeks ago
    I agree. In the US ”I have got...” sounds wrong. ”I’ve got...” sounds better, but doesn’t sound grammatically correct.

    ”I have...” is the most common way that you would write it, say it in school, or say it at work in the US.
    As the above responder said, it seems to be related to which country someone is from.

    Personally, I don’t use the word ”got.” The only time I think I’ve ever used it was in the phrase ”he got sick.” As an adult however, I find that where you use ”got” you could eliminate it or replace it with ”became,” ”have” or ”obtained.” I tend to speak formally and use clear words because I have family members with mild hearing loss.
JardinierVert profile picture JardinierVert3 weeks ago
I have a new car or I have got a new car. Both are possessive and used in the present. The 2nd option is less formal and more likely to be used with I’ve instead of I have