Can I use "have got" like those?

For examples:

My mother wants to have got a child (or) My mother wants to have a child.

He may/might/could/can/should (modal verbs) have got a car (or) he (modal verbs) have a car.

Can I use "have got" in future form?

I think "have got" can be used in past tense, except Progressive,past perf,present perf,and future tense.

E.g. He had got a motorcycle / he had a motorcycle.

 He has got a red apple / He has a red apple.

*He will have got a dog/He is having got a dog/he has had got a dog/ he had had got a dog. *

The correct are : he will have a dog/he is having a dog/he has had a dog/ he had had a dog.

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    There are loads of questions related to the use of "have got", have you tried looking through those to see whether they have answered any of your questions? – SteveES May 30 '17 at 14:51
  • E.g. ell.stackexchange.com/q/62943/51806 – SteveES May 30 '17 at 14:55
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    There are very few contexts where the sequence want to have got can occur "naturally" in English. Even something like He wants to have got laid before he goes off to war would more likely be expressed as He wants to get laid before he goes off to war. – FumbleFingers May 30 '17 at 16:26

If have is being used in the rather abstracty/vague sense of "to experience" or "to consume" (but often stands in for a more specific verb), have got can't be substituted and still mean an emphatic form of have in the same sense. Have got in these instances will change the sentence to where it means to obtain something rather than consume something.

I had some cereal = (I experienced some cereal - I ate some cereal)

I had got some cereal = (I obtained some cereal - I have a box or bowl of it but haven't necessarily eaten it yet)

I had some of my medicine and now feel better.

I had got some of my medicine. (I can't feel better because I am now holding it but haven't necessarily consumed it)

I had sex yesterday.

I had got sex yesterday (Sounds like I had to do or trade something to get it.)


When have is being used as a modal verb (or helper verb), then you cannot use "have got". When have is being used as a main verb, you can replace it with "have got", but only in the present tense. This is true for possessive uses of have: I have three dollars.


Ouch. "Have got" just hurts to hear. The contraction "I've got" is common, as in "I've got two tickets to paradise." Sometimes, people will say "have got" to emphasize something like that, as in "I have got just three dollars in my pocket." But "have got" really isn't correct. It's verbiage. "I have two tickets to paradise." "I have just three dollars in my pocket." If you can express something with just "have", why would you even consider adding "got?"

If you're talking about "have gotten", that's something else entirely.

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    This is personal preference dressed up as fact. Why is it "incorrect"? Because oftenconfused (and many other people) don't like it. Why don't they like it? Because it's "verbiage". The fact is that, as oftenconfused says, many people say it. I would agree that it is informal, in register. – Colin Fine Oct 1 '18 at 8:41

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