Let's have a cat

Discussion in 'English Only' started by Amber_1010, May 6, 2014.

  1. Amber_1010 Senior Member

    Hong Kong
    Hello everyone!

    If I live with my parents and we don't have a cat. But I want to start having one (we would have to either buy or adopt one), so can I say, "Let's have a cat." to suggest it?

    I feel like 'have' isn't quite right.

    Is it?

    Thank you!
  2. Cagey post mod

    English - US
    Hello, Amber1010.

    I would expect "Let's get a cat." :)
  3. Myridon

    Myridon Senior Member

    English - US
    Your sentence sounds like you mean to eat it (have a cat for dinner). After you get/buy/adopt/steal a cat, you will have it, but you need to obtain it rather than simply start having it.
  4. Miss Julie

    Miss Julie Senior Member

    Chicago metro area
    Or "have" a cat in the sense of having a baby, which is also weird. :D
  5. Amber_1010 Senior Member

    Hong Kong
    :eek: :eek: Thank you for pointing that out! I get it now :)

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