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I would like to check if my following sentence structure is correct.

You've got to see my enemy's face when I was winning.

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You got to see my enemy's face when I was winning.

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  • Do you mean "enemy" or "opponent"?
    – Jasper
    Commented Jan 6, 2019 at 17:40
  • If I understand correctly what you are trying to say, you're using the incorrect modal. Recommendation = should. Example: "You should've seen my opponent's face when I won."
    – Karen927
    Commented May 8, 2019 at 23:16

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The OP's sentence: You got to see my enemy's face when I was winning.

Grammatical: Yes but the have got form here specifically would be incorrect for this specific meaning.

Specific idiomatic usage of to get to do something: * I got to go to the sports' event last night [because I had tickets].

* He didn't get to see the movie on TV because he arrived late.

* He got to see his favorite band at the concert last night.

Meaning: to be able to do something when there is something else that could have stopped you from doing it or interfered with your doing it.

Compare the above to: to have to/have got to:

You just have to see that movie. It's great. You've just got to see that movie. It's great.

Caveat; The story of get in English is very complicated. I am only addressing the specific idiomatic usage of to get to do something as possibly confused with to have/have got to do something (meaning: must do something).

The present perfect of get to do something in AmE is: have gotten to do something.

I have not gotten to go out at night recently. [meaning: not been able to]

The present perfect of get to do something in BrE would be: to have got to do something because the Brits do not use gotten anymore.

That said, this idiom is more likely to be expressed in BrE as: to manage to do something. Manage to do something is also used in AmE.

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