What's the meaning of got in "You've got to be kidding me!"? I already knew that "have got" and "have" can be used interchangeably in some cases. But I'm not sure about this one.

I even saw "You got to be kidding me!".

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    According to macmillandictionary.com/dictionary/american/got, both got and have got are used for saying "have" in informal speech. – Damkerng T. May 7 '14 at 8:29
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    In this context, you can change "have got to" to "must" ⇒ You must be kidding me! – J.R. May 7 '14 at 9:21
  • That's what I asked under the following answer. Thank you very much. – mrmowji May 7 '14 at 9:26

This is no different from the common use of "have got" versus "have".

Even "got" is used quite commonly:

Got a moment?
You've got a moment?
You have a moment?

Are all commonly used, albeit by different people in different situations.

The same goes for

You got to be kidding me!
You've got to be kidding me!
You have to be kidding me!


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