Have and have got – other uses
‚have‘ for actions
We often use have + object to talk about actions and experiences.
In these expressions, have can be the equivalent of other verbs; the meaning of ‚have‘ depends on the following noun, e.g.:
have breakfast/ lunch/ dinner etc. (= eat, drink)
have a bath/ a shower/ a wash (= take)
have a rest/ a dream
have a good time/ a day off/ a holiday
have a chat/ a fight/ an argument/ a conversation etc.
have a look (=take)
have a walk/ a swim/ a dance
I have breakfast at work every day.
He had a bath after he came from the gym.
She likes to have a rest after lunch at weekends.
Peter has lunch in his office every day.
Tom and Melanie had an argument last night.
I had a nice chat with my brother on Skype last Sunday.
Let’s have a walk in the park!
‚have (got)‘ for possessions, illnesses, the characteristics of people and things
I have a cold.
My mother has got a bad back these days.
My sister used to have epileptic fits when she was little.
My parents have (got) a dog.
He has (got) an old rusty car.
His wife has (got) black hair.
He had a good stamina when he was younger.
Our house hasn’t got an air-conditioning.
Repetition usually without got
I have got flu today.
BUT I often have flu.
Have you got time to call your parents tonight?
BUT Do you have time to call your parents every week?