please tell me if I should use : I haven't got.....  or  : I don't have ....

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ahenus 11540
additionally, don't forget that haven't got can only be used to refer to possession, such as i have got a car, i have got a family, etc. BUT you can't say i've got breakfast because that's a collocation (have + breakfast) and have doesn't refer to possessing something here.

i always advise to use have / don't have because it's okay to use in any cases. have got has a narrower and more specific meaning.


I haven't got is predominant in British English, and I don't have in American English. Both are correct, just use them consistently.


tiffy 7350

Both "I haven't got" and "I don't have" are correct. Just make sure to use them properly. For example:

  • I haven't got a clue that he was cheating on me.
  • I don't have a clue that he was cheating on me.

The following lesson on verb tenses might help you:



FsDoha 140
Both are correct

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