I’ve not got it


What do people think of the sentence ‘I’ve not got it’?

Previous findings

Hughes et al. note that, while speakers in the South of England tend to negate a statement of possession by saying I haven’t got it, “the further north one goes, the more likely one is to hear” I’ve not got it (2012:19).

Our findings

This sentence seems to be considered perfectly acceptable for most UK regions, particularly in the North, where 94% of speakers chose the two highest evaluations. It is somewhat less favourable in the South, as well as in Northern Ireland; the top two ratings were only selected by 71% and 63% of speakers, respectively, in these regions.