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Can I use "gotta" to substitute "have a"?

I have a cat - I gotta cat

I have a dog - I gotta dog

I have a new bicycle - I gotta new bicycle

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  • Vivian
    Lv 4
    2 months ago
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    Since go "gotta" is an actual slang verb for "got to/got a", those sentences should be corrected with: "I've gotten".

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  • 3 weeks ago

    You can use “gotta”, but whether or not “have not” will be the most wise choice when you use perfect grammar. 

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  • 1 month ago

    Not only is it slang, but it's ugly slang.

    But go ahead if you must.

    PS You mean, 'to substitute FOR'.

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  • Anonymous
    1 month ago

    No for it is better to use have a instead of gotta. 

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  • yes!but "gotta" is imformal language

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  • Mark
    Lv 7
    2 months ago

    Not in writing, but if you want to SAY it, go ahead, though it usually means "must" as in "I gotta go now."

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  • 2 months ago

    If you're going to use it at all, and you never use it in writing unless you are quoting exactly what someone said, then 'gotta' is usually used to represent 'I have got to'.

     I have got to get my hair cut. I gotta get my hair cut.

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  • Laurie
    Lv 7
    2 months ago

    It’s low-class speech...but, if you’re going to use it, it would be “I’ve got a(n) ...”

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  • David
    Lv 7
    2 months ago

    Yes, but not in official formal writing.

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  • 2 months ago

    If you're writing an essay, or anything formal, then no. The word "gotta" should never be used in formal writing, it's informal slang. Could you do it? Yes. Should you do it? No.

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