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    Posted by mmhoul (U3052148) on Monday, 10th December 2012

    Dear teachers,
    Please, Is the form "no=not+any" considered informal?
    I've got no( car, friends, keys). Instead of saying I haven't got ....?
    thanks a lot

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    Posted by Carlos (U15342475) on Monday, 10th December 2012

    To begin with, it is said that "have got" is British whilst "have" is American but "have got" is used both in the UK and in the US. So, "have" is more formal than "have got" and therefore suitable for writing

    Look at the following examples: I haven't got a car = I have got no car (informal English)

    now if you want to convey a more formal tone you ought to say: I have no car

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