Does "Mary's Got Talent" mean "Mary Has Got Talent"? Is "has got" grammatically correct in this instance?

  • You mean, is "America's Got Talent" correct?
    – Hot Licks
    Commented Jan 25, 2015 at 23:53
  • Why, do you suggest, it might not be?
    – WS2
    Commented Jan 25, 2015 at 23:56
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    @EdwinAshworth Wrong dupe: has got is not "simple past tense". It’s the present prefect construction which uses a present-tensed flavor of have and the past participle.
    – tchrist
    Commented Jan 26, 2015 at 0:01
  • @tchrist Irene's answer there covers this. The verb phrase have got for possess, mainly used in the UK (I've got a horse / car / cold / sneaking suspicion ...). Commented Jan 26, 2015 at 0:11
  • @EdwinAshworth Everybody says have got for possess, Edwin. This is not a UK thing. I cannot imagine why you think it is.
    – tchrist
    Commented Jan 26, 2015 at 0:32

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Yes. Yes. (But it's informal.)

  • On the other hand, saying Mary has got talent instead of Mary's got talent is emphatic, or at least strangely official. Auxiliaries are contracted wherever possible in colloquial English. As Greg knows even better than I, since he was trained as a phonologist. Commented Jan 26, 2015 at 2:03
  • The character limits are there for a reason. Next time, please expound on your answer. We really do want to hear more about it.
    – Kit Z. Fox
    Commented Jan 28, 2015 at 13:24

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