Get = Gain possession of something

Have = To possess something

Can Get mean Have sometimes? "I can't go the cinema, I got/have got no money at all."

I see sentences like this a lot and I wonder about it.


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In informal speech, it is common for English speakers in the U.S. to say "I've got something" (or "no something") in the sense of having a condition (like an illness) or living situation (like a job).

Less common is to say (for have) "I got" without "have" -- it sounds less educated and more like slang or dialect to say "I got no money" than to say "I've got no money" -- though it is common in some idiomatic speech.

In the sense of acquire or gain, "got" is common and grammatical: "I got a job offer yesterday" and "I got accepted at the university."

  • In British English I've got meaning I have is if anything even more common, and is used for physical objects, and in questions and negations ("Have you got the book?" "No, I haven't got any books.") But I got without the have or 've' is I think less common than in US English.
    – Colin Fine
    Mar 7 at 23:59
  • @user8356 I would like to know some examples of this idiomatic speech where "got" without "have" is common.
    – haruse
    Mar 8 at 1:01
  • How about this song? Mar 8 at 9:21

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