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ESL forum > Grammar and Linguistics > HAVE GOT    


Czech Republic


Dear colleagues,


is the verb HAVE in the sentence �We have got a new computer. � a Full verb or an Auxiliary verb?


In the key to the exercise in the Teacher�s Bookthere is the answer FULL verb.


And for example here it is in the first part of the artlcle that is about MAIN verbs.



Particularly in spoken English, have as a main verb, meaning own or possess or receive can be consolidated by adding the participle got. .........


But other authors classify have in HAVE GOT as an AUXILIARY verb.


What do you think is correct and why?



2 Feb 2023      


I always explain that "have got" is a present perfect tense (auxiliary + past participle) which is often used with the sense of a single-word main verb. 

2 Feb 2023     

Czech Republic

Thank you very much for the explanation.


Have a nice weekend :)



4 Feb 2023