Got is Just Not Good English
By Annette Rey
Let’s find some words to substitute for the word got.
Often you will see sentences like these:
The boy got the ball.
I got the groceries today.
I’ve got a headache.
I’ve got a teddy bear.
He has gotten the flu.
She had gotten the toys from him.
The boy caught the ball. The boy trapped the ball. The boy grabbed the ball.
I bought the groceries today. I picked up the groceries today.
I have a headache.
I own a teddy bear. I possess a teddy bear.
He has the flu.
She received the toys from him.
Can you see? It is better to drop got.