Get vs. Have

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"Get" vs. "Have" in English

What Is Their Main Difference?

Both are verbs. They refer to claiming something. However, 'get' means that we obtain something, whereas, 'have' is used when we want to indicate that something is ours and we take hold of it.


'Get' is mainly used when we want to indicate gaining something. It is a transitive verb. Take a look at the following examples:

A : Did you get the keys?

B : yup!

What can I get you honey?

Here, it has the same meaning as 'bring'.

'Have', on the other hand, refers to owning something. 'Have' is also a transitive verb. Examine the following examples:

I have three carrots and several tomatoes in my shopping bag.

Such a beautiful bag you have.


They are similar in that they are both transitive verbs. Let us analyze the following examples below:

I got my bachelor's degree and then started working as an English teacher.

I have a six-year-old dog.

Are They Interchangeable?

They cannot be used interchangeably because the sentence will have a different meaning, sometimes it will not even make any sense. Compare:

✓ Did you get the grade you wanted?

X Did you have the grade you wanted?

As you can see, this one is incorrect and it does not make any sense.


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