Which one is more likely to be used while describing a chronic disease in informal spoken BrE:
I've got a headache.
I have a headache.
I've got a headache.
I have a headache.
You ask which of the two is more likely to be used in informal spoken BE yet people are suggesting all sorts of other ways of saying this.
We aren't likely to use We've got for a recurrent event at all.Ok, which one is used more often to describe a recurrent event?
Is one more likely to say, "We've got a lot of rain here every summer" ?
Your contributions, Thomas, are very much to the pointWe aren't likely to use We've got for a recurrent event at all.
We'd say We have a lot of rain here every summer or We get a lot of rain here every summer.
For your headache case, we'd say I get frequent headaches or I have frequent headaches, or I have headaches.
Or other things, such as Enquiring Mind's suggestion.
Of course, in AE, the "I have ..." is likely to be used much more frequently than in BE. Based on comments from another member from Ireland, I'd expect the "I've a bad headache" to be well represented in Hiberno-EnglishI would never have guessed that "I've got" was much more common that "I have" in Br.E. I would say it's the other way around in Hiberno-English, but I've no statistics to back that up.
Then again, apparently we're the only people that say "Have you a headache?" so there's probably a certain inevitability about it.
They are - I don't have numbers but I was also taught growing up in England, (like TT apparently, by "old fusspots") that "I have" is proper and "I've got .." is not. In spite of that, "I've got .." seems to be the overwhelming favourite in BE, with "I have" fading away (?). What I was trying to say was that if "I have ..." is used X% of the time in BE, then in AE it would be several times X and quite possibly dominant.Yeah, who needs to be using extra words when your head is pounding!
Again, I thought that "I've got" or "I  got" were more common in the US. Always learning.
I was taught not to use "have got" too, but as soon as I left the classroom I realised that "have got" for "have" is perfectly acceptable in casual/informal writing or speech. I would always say "I've got a headache" and use it for informal writing too, most of the time.I was also taught growing up in England, (like TT apparently, by "old fusspots") that "I have" is proper and "I've got .." is not.
A chronic disease is a disease that persists over time. Neither sentence is correct as neither expresses the idea that the headache is long-lasting/persistent.
There is something known as CDH (chronic daily headache), which is a tension headache. I wouldn't use the verb 'to have' at all here. I'd say I 'suffer from chronic daily headache(s)'.
To me 'I've got diabetes'/'I suffer from diabetes' mean the same. Not so headaches/migraine. If I say 'I've got a headache/migraine' I mean that I have one at the time of speaking. 'I suffer from...' means that I have (fairly) regular attacks.But in BE, for diabetes (or rheumatoid arthritis), for example, both unfortunately chronic, in BE you would still say
"I've got diabetes (RA)" rather than "I have diabetes (RA)"?
So "I've got diabetes" and "I suffer from diabetes" are more likely than "I have diabetes" in BE?To me 'I've got diabetes'/'I suffer from diabetes' mean the same. Not so headaches/migraine. If I say 'I've got a headache/migraine' I mean that I have one at the time of speaking. 'I suffer from...' means that I have (fairly) regular attacks.
CDH and migraine sufferers aren't necessarily in pain all the time but both afflictions are considered chronic because they are very often incurable : I have a migraine sufferer in the family who's tried everything over the years but who has to take painkillers when she feels an attack coming on, as the only thing she can do is treat the symptoms.
I only know one person personally who has diabetes, and I say: "She is [a] diabetic."I was trying to ask about situations other than headaches but which are chronic conditions:
"I've got diabetes." sounds like it would be more common than "I have diabetes." in BE.