From the Godfather movie:

Kay: Michael, why did you come here? Why? What do you want of me after all this time? I've been writing and calling.

Michael: I came here because I need you, because I care for you.

Kay: Please, stop it Michael...

Michael: Because, I want you to marry me

Kay: It's too late.

Michael: Please, Kay. I'll do anything you ask anything to make up for what's happened to us. Because that's importatnt, Kay. Becuase what's important is that... we have each other. That we have a life together....

I didn't understand the exact meaning of we have each other and That we have a life together. The first thought about that was that it has something todo with possessing each other, but it sounds totally nonsensical.


We often use have in the context of being close to someone and being able to count on them, their love, support; making a life with someone.

For instance:

If I didn't have you, I couldn't imagine my life with someone else.

Here the speaker doesn't infer that she possesses the other person, but rather has a relationship with him, has him in her life, etc. Если бы тебя в моей жизни не было... If I didn't have you in my life.

  • I got the meaning of the first sentence, thanks. But what about the second? We have a life together. That's not about being close to something (how can they be close to the life?) – Dmitrii Bundin Jul 12 '15 at 19:42
  • Here together means "mutually" "in each other's company" "you and I" – CocoPop Jul 12 '15 at 22:30
  • I guess you could take have and together in two senses simultaneously: They have been spending their lives together (in one another's company) and they have (possess as joint owners, together) that combined life. – Brian Hitchcock Jul 13 '15 at 10:20
  • I think "possess" is too literal. In this case, "have" has a meaning closer to "enjoy" a life in each other's company." – CocoPop Jul 13 '15 at 11:34

We have each other is meaning:

We use each other and one another to show that each person in a group of two or more people does something to the others.

From: Cambridge Dictionary

In this context, it is used to show that both of them will support and help each other.

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