Have or Have Got?
When do we use have got and when have?
In British English have got is used quite often, in other areas it is common to use the main verb have.
1. Affirmative sentences
have got is often used in its contracted form even in written English.
There can be negations in questions too.
4.1. The contracted forms ‘ve or ‘s are only used with have got – not with have.
4.2. Do not use an auxiliary with have got – only with have. Pay attention when using negations.
4.3. have cannot always be substituted with have got. You can only substitute have with have got when you talk about relationships and possession.
► In American English have is dropped in informal speech as in the following example.
I‘ve got an idea. → I got an idea.