22 Have/Have got – Interrogative

Verbs

Have/Have got is a verb used to express states like possession, relationship, illnesses and the characteristics of people and things.

The Interrogative form is used to ask questions about the possession of something.

Have and Have got are two variations of the verb. There is almost no difference in meaning.

Present simple of “to have” – Interrogative

The Interrogative form of the verb to Have has this structure:
Auxiliary verb “do” + subject + base form of the verb to have + question mark (?) (“does” for the third person singular).

DO  SUBJECT VERB HAVE QUESTION MARK
Do I have …?
Do you have …?
Does he have …?
Does she have …?
Does it have …?
Do we have …?
Do you have …?
Do they have …?

Present simple of “to have got” – Interrogative

The Interrogative form of the verb to Have got has this structure:
Verb to have + subject + got + question mark (?) (“has” for the third person singular).

VERB HAVE SUBJECT GOT    QUESTION MARK
Have I got …?
Have you got …?
Has he got …?
Has she got …?
Has it got …?
Have we got …?
Have you got …?
Have they got  …?

Have

  • Do you have a cat?
  • Does she have two dogs?
  • Do we have a lot of time?

Have got

  • Have you got a cat?
  • Has she got two dogs?
  • Have we got a lot of time?

When we want to ask if someone/something possesses someone/something, we use the verb Have and Have got in the Interrogative form: Do I have..? and Have I got…?

Have and Have got are used similarly to express possession, relationships, illnesses and characteristics. However they’re not completely interchangeable, below you can read the differences between them:

Have:

  • Can be used to talk about actions (e.g. I have lunch at 2 p.m.);
  • Can be used to talk about past, present and future.

Have got:

  • Cannot be used to talk about actions (e.g. I have got lunch at 2 p.m.);
  • Can be used just to talk about the present;
  • Can be always used in its contracted form.

Have and Have got are two forms of a common verb. We use these verbs to express states such as possession and relationship.

We can use the two forms in their Interrogative forms to form questions. However, it must be noted that the two forms are not interchangeable (we cannot use either one of them instead of the other all the time).

  • The Interrogative form of the verb to Have has this structure:
    Auxiliary verb “do” + subject + base form of the verb to have + question mark (?) (“does” for the third person singular) (e.g. Do you have a car?);
  • The Interrogative form of the verb to Have got has this structure:
    Verb to have +subject+ got + question mark (?) (“has” for the third person singular) (e.g. Have you got a car?).

For example:
— “Do you have a car?” = We use Have because we ask someone if they possess something.
— “Have you got a car?” = We use Have got because we ask someone if they possess something.

NOTE: Have is also used as an auxiliary verb in certain tenses to talk about actions, we cannot use Have got for this. However, if we wish to use Have to talk about actions, instead of beginning the interrogative form with “Door “Does”, we begin with “Haveor “Has” and the base form of the verb to have changes to any other verb (e.g. Have you done it? – –Have you got done it?)

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