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Have you got a brother? (meaning: Do you have a brother?)

How do you answer this question?

Yes, I do.

or

Yes, I have.

or either?

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    In AmE, I've seen instances of "Yes, I have" meaning "Yes, I do" Feb 8, 2022 at 11:57
  • Do you mean you haven't seen instances of "Yes, I do"? It's very unusual?
    – Stephen
    Feb 8, 2022 at 14:05
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    No, the response "Yes, I do" is the most common one, but I have seen "Yes, I have" used in AmE as well (but we'd better wait for a confirmation from our American friends) Feb 8, 2022 at 14:09
  • Do you speak British English? Can you tell me how British people respond, please? Do they use "Yes, I do" as the most common way?
    – Stephen
    Feb 8, 2022 at 14:23

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Have you got a brother?

Yes, I have.

Do you have a brother?

Yes, I do.

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    I am a native speaker of American English. This response is what is technically correct. However, I think I wouldn't bat an eye if someone responded "Yes, I do," to "Have you got a brother" since I would think of it as a short version of "Yes, I do have one." In that case, the precise idioms used in the question and answer wouldn't match, but I don't think I would notice. Feb 8, 2022 at 20:35

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