For the question "Have you got any ice cream?" which is correct:

  1. Yes I do
  2. Yes I have

or inversely

  1. No I don't
  2. No I haven't got any

EDIT: Since the OP changed the tense in his question, I have updated my answer:

  1. Yes, I have.


    Yes, I have got some ice cream.

  2. No, I haven't.


    No, I haven't got any ice cream.

  • So to follow it through, the first one in full would be "Yes I do I have ice cream"? – Chris S Aug 14 '10 at 10:13
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    No. The short form is just "Yes I do" and the long form is "Yes I have ice cream" or "Yes I have some ice cream". – Mehper C. Palavuzlar Aug 14 '10 at 10:57
  • Sorry Mehper my question was confused, I've updated it to what I was trying to ask originally – Chris S Aug 14 '10 at 19:08
  • Please see my edit. – Mehper C. Palavuzlar Aug 14 '10 at 21:58

For the question "Have you got any ice cream?" which is correct:

Yes I do

Yes I have

The traditional answer would be "yes I have" but "yes I do" is common in American usage and is gaining usage in the UK too.


Arguably both are correct:

'Have you got any ice-cream?'

'Yes, I have got ice-cream.' -OR- 'Yes, I do have ice-cream.'

In Australia both "I do" and "I have" are used and essentially mean the same thing.

It is the same for the negative forms:

'No, I have not got ice-cream.' -OR- 'No, I do not have ice-cream.'

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    In the USA, the same. Either I do or I have is acceptable; the first because do is short for do have, which is what have got means. The second because have is the auxiliary for have got. Speaker's choice. As I've said before, in the USA have got has a special meaning -- it's replaced most of the occurrences of the 'possess' sense of have, and muddies the waters of the rest, as here. – John Lawler Oct 3 '15 at 2:41

"Yes, I do" is essentially short for "yes, I do got some ice cream", which clearly doesn't make sense.

"Have you got?" = "yes, I have" "Do you have?" = "yes, I do"

Just because people say something doesn't make it correct.

  • The unspoken complication here is that when people respond to the question "Have you got any ice cream?" with the single word "Yes," there's no way of discerning whether they are using "Yes" in their own minds as a truncation of the proper form "Yes, I have got some ice cream" or of the improper form "Yes, I do got some ice cream." In fact, the only way of to determine whether they are using "Yes" correctly or not, is to respond to their "Yes" by asking them directly, "Do you mean 'Yes, I have got some ice cream" or 'Yes, I do got some ice cream?'" – Sven Yargs Feb 27 '17 at 7:07

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