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[From Cambridge English]
Have got and have mean the same. Have got is more informal.
I’ve got a terrible pain in my back.
I have a terrible pain in my back. (more formal)
Question: What about in American English? In American English, 'have got' is more informal? Is 'have' formal?

  1. Ms. Sue

    Yes, that's also true of American English.

  2. Writeacher

    It's about the same, although in American English the use of "got" is often considered repetitious. If "I have" and "I have got" mean the same thing, then why use the extra word?


  3. Ms. Sue

    In speaking, I often use "got" when it's not necessary.

  4. Writeacher

    Same here!! =)

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