Use “got” or “have got”?

Could you please tell me if you got some time to read the report? In this sentence, I have to use got or have got ? what is the difference between these two w.r.t. the meaning of the sentence? Answer HAVE got is an idiom equivalent to HAVE. I’ve got a report to do = … Read more

it is you who has vs. it is you who have

There is already a similar question here, but it is about forming questions: Which is the correct question (“Who has” vs “Who have”)? When combining who with you in a statement, which is correct and why? It is you who has chosen. It is you who have chosen. who is third-person singular, so it takes … Read more

What does “ain’t” mean in “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it”?

This question is a follow up question of my previous question Meaning of “ain’t” in: “…we ain’t know what it meant” According to the Oxford Dictionary, ain’t is used for isn’t in the following sentence, if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it But substituting isn’t doesn’t make sense, if it isn’t broke, don’t fix it … Read more

Grammatically correct: ‘are you hurt’ and ‘do you hurt’

“Are you hurt?” is grammatically correct. However, is it correct to ask someone in pain “Do you hurt?”? Answer Building on Joe’s answer, grammatically, the “hurt” in “Are you hurt?” is a past participle of the verb “to hurt”, used formally in the transitive sense (= to cause pain or injury to someone), but combined … Read more

Conditional: “are not” vs. “don’t be”

Consider the following phrases (someone is talking with a friend who is challenging some mobsters): If you are not careful, they will catch you. or If you don’t be careful, they will catch you. Is the second option acceptable or usual? Are they both in according with grammar rules? Answer Consider the following phrases (someone … Read more