Oliver and Alfie both love watching cooking programmes on TV. Just for fun, they are preparing to have their own ‘Master Chef’ competition at home.

Have got (have/has + got) is used to talk mainly about possessions or personal attributes.

Give me some examples, please.

Certainly, here you are:

I've got a new computer.
They haven't got any red chilli peppers.
She's got long, brown hair.
He hasn't got many friends.

So the negative is have/has + not + got?

Yes, but don't forget the contraction.

Daisy hasn't got her books yet.
You haven't got 50 p, have you?

Is has got only used for things?

No, it's also used for timetabled events or illnesses.

I've got swimming practice at seven.
Fred's got a terrible cold.

You can use have got for abstract things too.

I've got an idea for the weekend.
I've got all the inspiration I need ... up here!

Can I use have got in the past? For example: I had got a racing bicycle when I was younger.

No, it's only used in the present tense. For the past you use had without got.

I had a racing bicycle.

What about the question form?

You use have/has + subject + got.

Have you got everything you need?
Have we got any red chilli peppers at home?
Have you got a minute?

Hang on a minute, I've heard Do you have … ? a lot too.

Yes, have got is more used in British English and have is more American. The question and negative form is different with have – you need to use the auxiliary do/does.

I have two sisters. (American English)
Do you have change for ten dollars? (American English)
He doesn't have a clue about soccer. (American English)

You will hear British people use have as well as have got.

Anything else I should know?

In British English we use have got more in speaking and have more in writing – it's a little more formal.

OK, I've got it now!

Very clever! Yes, you can also use have got to mean 'understand'.


Have you got any good ideas about how to improve your English grammar? Share your ideas here.

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Tina - Coordinator 1 December, 2016 - 09:58

Hi WhiteFringe,
In British English 'I've got a bicycle' is fine.
Best wishes, Tina (LearnEnglish Teen Team)

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Jonathan - Coor... 8 November, 2016 - 04:37

Hi EriD. Great! We're looking forward to reading your comments. :) 
Jonathan (LearnEnglish Teens Team)

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EkinA 4 September, 2016 - 21:43

I've got some ideas. They're common things: more read, find unknown words, write them in sentences and watch more videos...

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shamim 4 August, 2016 - 19:21

I've got an idea...when we want to learn new words in English, we can use those words in sentences...in this way we learn grammar and vocabulary...and I've got an else idea, we can write our sentences here and you correct us :-)

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englishmeow 20 March, 2016 - 18:27

You can have a practice piece of text and have the students find errors in it and correct them!

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Mariamffa11 15 January, 2016 - 21:29

Watching movies, reading and doing grammar exercises by using things like British Council: Learn English or grammar apps. :)

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shamim 9 January, 2016 - 16:21

I've read a tip in a website, they said: Talk with out thinking to grammar! when you talk with your native language, you don't think about grammar, so just speak and stop thinking about grammar!
I have one more think to do...I read a text and then find its grammar and think about them.
But unfortunately I can't speak English fluency... :-((((

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princess2001 12 December, 2015 - 20:11

Yes, I have got some good ideas improve our English grammar. I find the British council very useful in this respect. Apart from this, grammar books should also be given attention. For getting fluency in spoken English, one should practice speaking English. If one doesn't find another person to speak to, then sitting in front of a mirror and speaking to one's own reflection is the best alternative.

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KingWolf99 2 September, 2015 - 12:23

I think that the best way to learn english is live in a country where people speak english. If you can't do that, whatching films or reading books, all in english, of course, is very helpful.

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prettygirl02 16 July, 2015 - 08:51

I've found this British Council and it's great. Now I can study English myself at home. How cool is ut with British Council! Yay!!!

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JoEditor 16 July, 2015 - 09:03

Hi prettygirl02,
Welcome to LearnEnglish Teens. We're happy that you have found our website. How did you find us? 
Best wishes, Jo (LearnEnglish Teens Team) 

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nguyenvuhau 17 May, 2014 - 14:42

You can improve your English grammar by learning the lessons on this page hardly and doing the exercises given.

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AnaB 9 November, 2013 - 20:50

No, I don't have any ideas how to improve my English, but this page, British Councul, is very helpful and here everyone can show his owns skills about English language, gramar ....... :)

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Br12013 5 November, 2013 - 22:43

Hi guys , I would be grateful if somebody coud explain me the meaning of though , I can´t understand it , I know it is a slang but can´n get its meaning

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Tricia 14 July, 2013 - 07:28

I have heard that to watch TV program in English is the good way to improve the English ability!

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Natalija 26 April, 2013 - 13:23

It's important to have a good grammar, and to study a lot. I agree with others that British council is very useful, and it offers plenty of courses, so it's good to attend one of them. Grammar perhaps sounds boring and difficult, but if we learn it as soon as possible, our English will be fluent and that's the point.

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marli 3 March, 2013 - 12:30

of course that british council is a good idea about improving grammer, also reading and reading

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