Do you have or Have you got - which one is correct
July 5, 2007 7:44am CST
When I was young enough not to know the English grammar I always used this second form: “Have you got” but now I heard that it is an old form – well not used now. What exactly is it?
• United States
6 Jul 07
I personally prefer "Do you have". For some reason, the word "got" always sounds completely unkind to me. I don't like the way it sounds and I don't like the way it represents. I've always preferred the words "received" or "was given" or *anything* but "got". As for which is grammatically correct, I honestly don't know. I always try to avoid the word "got" completely in any type of writing I do because I've never thought it sounded like a very nice word. I, personally, believe it just disrupts the text and the "flow" of the entire passage. But that's just because I'm weird.
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• Orangeville, Ontario
6 Jul 07
If you are writing dialogue, you can write it any way you want because it is the manner in which the speaker is talking. I would think someone more educated and perhaps upper class would say "Do you have" whereas if you had a teenager speaking or a biker dude, they would say "have you got". If you are writing dialogue you want to portray the traits of the character in the way they talk.
5 Jul 07
i supposed to think there is nothing in the old form; all are still used by the people;of course i am not perfect in grammar also; but my suggestion is the verb makes the difference between the words you used here!i hope that one answer better than me soon! "Love endures long and is kind; love is not jealous; love is not out for display" - I.Cor.13:4