Giving vs Got - What's the difference?

giving | got |

As a verb giving

is .

As an adjective giving

is having the tendency to give; generous.

As a noun giving

is the act of bestowing as a gift; a conferring or imparting.

As a proper noun got is




(wikipedia giving)


  • ''These bright surfaces are sprayed with a fine spray of ink, thus giving them an even surface.' - First Usenet use via Google Groups, fa.human-nets, 6 May 1981 0359-EDT, Gary Feldman at CMU-10A


    (en adjective)
  • having the tendency to give; generous
  • To become like Christ involves everything else: becoming a loving and giving person, having confidence enabling you to be vulnerable (psychologically and physically; Jesus did both), having the wisdom to see people's needs and the desire to meet them. - net.flame - 26 Mar 1984 by Jeff Sargent


    (en noun)
  • The act of bestowing as a gift; a conferring or imparting.
  • A gift; a benefaction.
  • (Alexander Pope)
  • The act of softening, breaking, or yielding.
  • * Addison
  • Upon the first giving of the weather.






  • (get)
  • We got the last bus home.
  • (British, NZ)
  • By that time we'd got very cold.
    I've got two children.
    How many children have you got ?
  • I can't go out tonight, I've got to study for my exams.
  • (Southern US, with to) ; have (to).
  • I got to go study.
  • * 1971 , Carol King and Gerry Goffin, “Smackwater Jack”, Tapestry , Ode Records
  • We got to ride to clean up the streets / For our wives and our daughters!
  • (Southern US, UK, slang) have
  • They got a new car.
    He got a lot of nerve.

    Usage notes

    * (past participle of get) The second sentence literally means "At some time in the past I got (obtained) two children", but in "have got" constructions like this, where "got" is used in the sense of "obtained", the sense of obtaining is lost, becoming merely one of possessing, and the sentence is in effect just a more colloquial way of saying "I have two children". Similarly, the third sentence is just a more colloquial way of saying "How many children do you have?" * (past participle of get) The American and archaic British usage of the verb conjugates as get-got-gotten or as get-got-got depending on the meaning (see for details), whereas the modern British usage of the verb has mostly lost this distinction and conjugates as get-got-got in most cases. * (expressing obligation) "Got" is a filler word here with no obvious grammatical or semantic function. "I have to study for my exams" has the same meaning. It is often stressed in speech: "You've just got to see this."


    * gotta (informal )