Saturday, June 22

Have You Got Talent?

Do you watch the TV show “America’s Got Talent”? Or maybe you’re more familiar with your country’s local version. 

Copyright America's Got Talent

The show was originally made by British TV producer and TV star Simon Cowell. You probably watched him first as a judge in other talent shows like “Pop Idol,” “The X Factor,” and “American Idol.” 

Because of the success of these talent shows, Cowell started to develop “America’s Got Talent,” which was open not only to singers but to other performers as well, like dancers, comedians, magicians, musicians, etc. 

Since the day that the show was launched in 2006, it has produced spin-offs* in 39 countries in the world. 

*spin-off = a new product, service, television show etc. that is based on an original one 

Around the World

No matter how many spin-offs there are in the world, they all follow the original format of the show. 

Here are some of the versions in other countries: 

TV Show Name

Albanians Got Talent
Arab World
Arabs’ Got Talent
Australia’s Got Talent
Belgium’s Got Talent
Got Talent Brazil
Canada’s Got Talent
China’s Got Talent
India’s Got Talent
Indonesia’s Got Talent
Italia’s Got Talent
Holland’s Got Talent
New Zealand
New Zealand’s Got Talent
Nigeria’s Got Talent
Pilipinas Got Talent
South Africa
SA’s Got Talent
South Korea
코리아 갓 탤런트
Korea’s Got Talent
Thailand’s Got Talent
Britain’s Got Talent
Vietnam’s Got Talent

Name Game 

Some non-native speakers of English might be wondering why there’s a small letter “s” in the name. Like this: 

America’s Got Talent

Britain’s Got Talent 

And some non-native speakers might also think the Verb is in the Past Tense. Because of these names: 

Albanians Got Talent

Pilipinas Got Talent 

Arabs Got Talent

Well, the first thing you have to know is that it’s not in the Past Tense. It’s actually in the Present Tense

You need to learn the phrase “Have Got.” 

What is Have Got?

The phrase “Have Got” is very confusing for non-native speakers of English. This is because we already have the Verb “Have,” which means the same thing. 

Take a look: 

I have an iPhone. = Ok

I have got an iPhone. = Ok

The two sentences above have the same meaning. As you can see, it’s a bit confusing for learners of English because they feel like there’s actually no need for the second expression. The first one is enough. 

Why do we need to add the word “got” there? 

Because of “got,” the sentence looks similar to the Present Perfect Tense: 

I have been to China. (= Present Perfect)

I have got an iPhone. (=Present Simple) 

Also, when we make it shorter, it looks like the Past Tense

I saw her in the mall. (=Past Tense) 

I’ve got an iPhone. (=Present Simple) 

Please don’t be confused! Try not to mix the Tenses up. 

Please keep in mind that the phrase “Have Got” is Present Tense, not Past and not Present Perfect

I’ve got an iPhone. (=Present Simple)

She’s got an iPhone. (=Present Simple)

They’ve got an iPhone. (=Present Simple)

Have vs. Have Got 

I know that “Have Got” and “Have” seem very similar to each other. 

First of all, their meaning is the same: 

I have a boyfriend. = I’ve got a boyfriend. 

She has a house. = She’s got a house. 

They have an appointment. = They’ve got an appointment. 

But when you change them to negative form, you can see the difference: 

I don’t have a boyfriend. = I haven’t got a boyfriend. 

She doesn’t have a house. = She hasn’t got a house. 

They don’t have an appointment. = They haven’t got an appointment.

When you change them to questions, you can see more differences: 

Do you have a boyfriend? = Have you got a boyfriend? 

Does she have a house? = Has she got a house? 

Do they have an appointment? = Have they got an appointment?

In Past Tense, they again become the same: 

 I had a boyfriend. = I had a boyfriend. (not “had got”)

She had a house. = She had a house. (not “had got”) 

They had an appointment. = They had an appointment. (not “had got”) 

The next question we have to ask is: Are they exactly the same? 

What’s the Difference?

If you compare the usages of “Have got” in American English and in British English, you will find that it is used more commonly in the UK. “Have(alone) is preferred in the US. 

But this doesn’t mean that “Have got” isn't used in the US.

In American English, “Have got” tends to be more informal or casual. And “Got” (without “Have”) is considered very informal. 


I have a plan.

I’ve got a plan. (= more informal)

I got a plan. (= even more informal)

In fact, the last sentence “I got a plan” may be considered wrong by grammarians. 

America’s Got Talent

Going back to our topic, among all the names of the TV show spin-offs, we have trouble when the country’s or people’s name ends in the letter “s.” 


Albanians Got Talent

Pilipinas Got Talent

Arabs Got Talent

Perhaps the people who made these names couldn’t add the apostrophe and letter “s( ’s ) anymore because of the spelling. 

This is what makes it confusing for some non-native speakers of English. 

Originally, it should be: 

Albanians Have Got Talent

Pilipinas Has Got Talent

Arabs Have Got Talent

But we can see how the title might be too long and awkward. 

Some sources also put the apostrophe after the word “Arabs.” This way: 

Arabs Got Talent

If this is indeed the official name of the show, it seems they changed the name a lot by using the Possessive in a completely different way. 

Arabs’ Got Talent

This structure is similar to: 

Santa’s present

Oprah’s show

Steve Jobs’ company 

It’s not a complete sentence like all the other TV show names. 

If you’d like to learn and practice more with the phrase “Have Got,” just watch the video below: 

Hope You Learned Something!

Keep on learning !

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