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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 Sep 22 '15 at 11:53
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    Possibly a duplicate of: “got” vs. “have got” or “I have” vs “I have got” – Damkerng T. Sep 22 '15 at 11:56
  • Yes, the are mostly interchangeable. But if I forcefully get into the nuance, 'got' shows some 'efforts'. – Maulik V Sep 22 '15 at 11:57
  • I don't think have got shows effort. – snailcar Jan 20 '16 at 6:07

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