I read this sentence:

  • i didn't get as much for those photos as i hoped, and we have got the mortgage due soon.

I can't understand what is passing due soon here? The offer talks about a past event(we got a mortgage ) but as i understand it, due soon passes the value of soon, about to, i.e. something closer to the future event .So what is it for in this sentence? I would be happy to help

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Have got looks like a present perfect (and historically was one) but in modern English, it is very often present - it is just a less formal form of have.

So the second clause means exactly the same as we have the mortgage due soon. This means much the same as the mortgage is due soon, but explicitly linking this to us.

In some contexts We have got the mortgage can be present perfect: "We've been waiting for our solicitor to send the right papers, but we've finally got the mortgage!" But that meaning doesn't make sense here - partly because of the due soon. (I believe this use is less common in US English than British English, because US English prefers gotten as the pp of get).

  • tnanks for your help !
    – Omegon
    Apr 29, 2021 at 10:03

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