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Unit 4.1

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.

When expressed in its interrogative form, it is used to ask questions about the possession of something.

The present simple tenses of have and have got are:

To have

The structure, in the interrogative form, is:
Do/does + subject + have + object + …?

  • Do/does: in the interrogative form, the third person singular changes from do to does.
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 ?

To have got

The structure, in the interrogative form, is:
Have/has + subject + got + object + …?

  • Have/has: in the interrogative form, the third person singular changes from have to has.
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  …?

To have

  • Do you have lunch at 2 p.m.?
  • Did she have two dogs?; does she have two dogs?; will she have two dogs?

To have got

  • Have you got lunch at 2 p.m.?
  • Had she got two dogs?; has she got two dogs?; will she have got two dogs?

Do I have..? and Have I got…? are used to ask if someone possesses someone/something. They are also used to express relationships, illnesses and characteristics of people and things. However they’re not completely interchangeable.

  • To have
    • Can be used to express actions;
    • Can be used to express past, present and future.
  • To have got
    • Cannot be used to express actions;
    • Can be used just to express the present.

Have and have got, in the interrogative form, are used to ask about states such as possession, relationship, illnesses and characteristics of the subject. However, we cannot use one instead of the other.

Have can be used to express actions in the past, present and future. The structure is:
Do/does + subject + have + object + …? (does for the third person singular)

Have got cannot be used to texpress actions. Can be used just to express the present. The structure is:
Have/has + subject + got + object + …? (has for the third person singular)

For example:
Do I have a shy personality?” / Have I got a shy personality?“ = We use have because it is an action.
— “Have I got a car?” = We use have got because it is the possession of something in the present.

NOTE: Have is also used as an auxiliary verb in certain tenses to talk about actions. We cannot use have got for this.

Let’s revise this content within the {Form} section. Take a look at the {Example} section that shows its use within a context.

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