Use HAVE with experiences and actions
- We are having a holiday.
- I had an amazing dream!
- Are you going to have a shower?
- She's had a skiing accident.
Use HAVE with regular, possibly scheduled, events.
- I have dinner at 7pm every day.
- We have maths at 11am and French at 12.
- I always have problems with him!
Use HAVE GOTwith possessions.
- I've got a car.
- Has she got a driving licence?
Use HAVE GOT with relationships.
- I've got 4 brothers and 3 sisters.
- We've got lots of cousins.
Use HAVE GOT to describe people
- She's got blond hair.
- Has he got brown eyes?
Use HAVE GOT for illnesses.
- They've all got the flu!
- She hasn't got a serious case thankfully!
Use HAVE GOT for physical problems.
- He's got a bad back.
- I've got something in my eye!
For the past, we prefer HAVE.
- When I was young I had all the characters.
- I had a toothache this morning, but I haven't got one now.
- She used to have only one cousin, now she's got four.
When both are possible, we prefer HAVE.
- For example, For a regular (have) illness (have got), we prefer have.