Executive Communication ‘To have’ or ‘have got’ Informal is not the same as improper when it comes to usage. By Denise C. BaronJuly 19, 2010 SHARE Informal is not the same as improper when it comes to usageI recently overheard someone explaining that it was improper English to use “have got” in a sentence, and more correct to say “You have mail” instead of “You’ve got mail.”Hmmm. To read the full story, log in. Become a Ragan Insider member to read this article and all other archived content. Sign up today Already a member? Log in here. Learn more about Ragan Insider.