Arsenio’s ESL Podcast: Episode 26 – Have/Has Got

Arsenio's ESL Podcast
Arsenio's ESL Podcast
Arsenio's ESL Podcast: Episode 26 - Have/Has Got

Because British English is very different from American English, I’m going to have to break it down as much as I can while sitting in this cafe, watching a vicious storm approach me.

Normally in America we say, “do you have a pencil?”

However, in England they say, “have you got a pencil?”

Until I started teaching at a language center in Thailand, I had never heard of the present perfect tense before in my life.  I remember singing the parts of speech in school, but after that, parts of speech were a thing of the past.  Honestly, I remember singing them around 2nd-3rd grade.

However, I ended up getting completely wrecked sophomore year of high school because I didn’t know what a subject, article, noun, verb, adjective, adverb or anything was.  It took 8 hours and a Mexican girl (emphasizing her nationality because English wasn’t her first language) named Oneida to help me from disaster.



Jack has got one brother.

She hasn’t got a pencil.

Has Mandy got any brothers or sisters?

Yes, she has.  No, she hasn’t.


I/you/we/they have got three cousins.

He/she/it has got three cousins.


Hasn’t/haven’t got


Have I/you/we/they got three cousins.

Short Answers

Yes, I/you/we/they have.  No, I/you/we/they haven’t.

Yes, she/he/it has.  No, he/she/it hasn’t.


Make true sentences in the affirmative or negative.

  1. I ______________ a sister.
  2. We _________________ a cat.
  3. My mother _______________ blue eyes.
  4. I ________________ short hair.





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