The Bride of the First House (bride) wrote,
The Bride of the First House

"Have Got"

weather: cloudy
outside: 12°C
mood: confused
Why do people use the "Have Got" construct? And whence comes this abominable exercise in redundancy?

"to have got" is used in two ways (that I can tell):

  1. as the auxiliary (meaning "must") to another verb — "you've got to do something"

  2. as a main verb with a direct object to indicate either
    1. possession — "I've got an apple"
    2. state — "she's got style"

You either have it or you got it. You don't "have got" it.

I've caught myself starting to say it recently... *ptooey* >K{

Tags: linguaphile, rants

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