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

marked as duplicate by Edwin Ashworth, tchrist, Erik Kowal, choster, Zairja Jan 27 '15 at 21:10

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  • You mean, is "America's Got Talent" correct? – Hot Licks Jan 25 '15 at 23:53
  • Why, do you suggest, it might not be? – WS2 Jan 25 '15 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 Jan 26 '15 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 ...). – Edwin Ashworth Jan 26 '15 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 Jan 26 '15 at 0:32

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. – John Lawler Jan 26 '15 at 2:03
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