Asking questions with ‘have … got’

(Formation and rules for questions with ‘have … got’)

Table of contents – questions with ‘have … got’

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  1. Forming questions with ‘have … got’
  2. Asking about possession with ‘have … got’
  3. Further explanations and exercises

How are questions with ‘have … got’ formed?

Generally, there are two alternative ways in the English language to ask about possession. One way of forming questions is using ‘have … got’. Only in the third person singular you need to pay attention to the change of ‘have’ to ‘has’ (for details see: adding ‘s’ in case of ‘he, she, it’). In short answers ‘got’ is not mentioned, only ‘have’ or ‘has’.

  • Now compare the use and formation of questions with ‘have … got’ in the following table:

Forms for asking about possession with ‘have … got’

The following table shows all the question forms of ‘havegot’ for all persons (pronouns). Regarding the difficulty just mind the ‘s’ in case of ‘he/she/it’ (→ third person). All other forms remain unchanged:

Pronoun Question Positive short answer Negative short answer
I Have I got a car? Yes, I have. No, I haven’t.
you (singular) Have you got a car? Yes, you have. No, you haven’t.
he, she, it
(Watch out:has’ instead of ‘have’!)
Has he got a car?
Has she got a car?
Has it got a garden?
Yes, he has.
Yes, she has.
Yes, it has.
No, he hasn’t.
No, she hasn’t.
No, it hasn’t.
we Have we got a car? Yes, we have. No, we haven’t.
you (plural) Have you got a car? Yes, you have. No, you haven’t.
they Have they got a car? Yes, they have. No, they haven’t.

Further explanations relating to the ‘Formation of questions with ‘have … got’’

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