Is it correct to use this kind of ebonics structure?:

John: I have some tickets here for the tonight film that you want to watch.

Jennifer: How many do you got?

Is it o.k to replace the verb "got" instead of "have" here like in the possessive structure "have got"?

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    FYI -- I recommend you avoid the term Ebonics. It was coined in the 1970s to designate a hypothetical continuity of linguistic phenomena from West Africa through the Caribbean to the US, but even those who endorsed the theory preferred to call the speech of African-Americans Black English. The term became known to the general public in the 1990s primarily as a label for a politically controversial approach to teaching English to African-American students. Linguists have never to my knowledge used the term; the usual name for the dialect today is AAVE--African-American Vernacular English. Apr 9, 2017 at 1:37
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    Have got and have mean the same thing. But have in "have got" is normally omitted in spoken English. Apr 9, 2017 at 1:43

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Gut check, from a native speaker of American English but not a native speaker of Ebonics: Yes, you can, but it sounds less idiomatic than "How many you got?", without the "do". (And the "you" would be pronounced "ya".)

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