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3-H) Possession: To Have (foreign) UNIT 3 lesson H

To talk about possession we use the verb to have. In this lesson we will see how to use this verb in the present (affirmative, negative and interrogative), with or without GOT. Watch the video, read the explanations under the EXPLANATIONS tab and then watch the other videos from this lesson here below.


I have, you have, he/she/it has
we have, you have, they have

I have a bicycle
He has a car


I don't have, you don't have, he/she/it doesn't have
we don't have, you don't have, they don't have

I don't have a car
He doesn't have a bicycle


Do I have?, do you have?, does he/she/it have?
do we have?, do you have?, do they have?

Do you have a car?
Does she have a bicycle?


I have got a bicycle
He has got a car

but when speaking we always use contractions:

I've got a bicycle
He's got a car
I haven't got a car
He hasn't got a bicycle
Have you got a car?
Has she got a bicycle?


1- HAVE is more formal than HAVE GOT
2- HAVE is more common in writing
3- HAVE GOT is more common in British English and HAVE in American English

Also, notice that HAVE and HAVE GOT form the negative and interrogative sentences differently:

I have a car / I don't have a car / Do you have a car?

I've got a car / I haven't got a car / Have you got a car?

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