I am confused between the following sentences:

I have a pen. and

I have got a pen.

What is the difference between them?

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    One might once have been British English (I have) vs American English (I have got) but to my mind they're interchangeable in modern usage and both can be heard around the world.
    – JMB
    Commented Sep 22, 2015 at 11:53
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    Possibly a duplicate of: “got” vs. “have got” or “I have” vs “I have got” Commented Sep 22, 2015 at 11:56
  • Yes, the are mostly interchangeable. But if I forcefully get into the nuance, 'got' shows some 'efforts'.
    – Maulik V
    Commented Sep 22, 2015 at 11:57
  • I don't think have got shows effort.
    – user230
    Commented Jan 20, 2016 at 6:07

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Have and have got mean the same thing. You can normally use either form. However, have got is more informal.