Practice Grammar with You Got, I Got in “Style” by Taylor Swift

Posted on Apr 4 2015 - 11:00am by PopESL

For the verb “to get,”  “gotten/got” is usually listed as the past participle.

In English “have got” is also used to say “to have” or “must do something” as in the following examples:

I’ve got no money.

You’ve got to go now.

Most English speakers use contractions for “I’ve/You’ve” instead of “I have/You have” when using this form.

This form is found a lot in “Style” by Taylor Swift. She uses “You got” and “I got” to say “You have” or “I have” throughout the song. She removes the “have” to make it more casual. For example:

You got that James Dean day dream look in your eye
And I got that red lip classic thing that you like.”


“You got that long hair, slicked back, white t-shirt.
And I got that good girl faith and a tight little skirt,”

Here, she is essentially saying the same as “You have that James Dean…” or “I have that red lip”.

Let’s practice using this form now.  Decide if the sentence is correct when saying “to have” or “must do something”. Good luck!

I've got to work out today.
She have got blue eyes.
I have got a good grade on the test.
You've got to be kidding.
I got to have go to the mall.
She have got cute shoes.
I've got a new boyfriend.
You got a lot of ex girlfriends.
You've got to go see this movie.
You have got a nice smile.

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