1. to have, to own, to possess

  • gat dinau (got debt) to owe someone something
  • gat kot (got court) to be on trial
  • gat trabel (got trouble) to be in trouble through one’s own fault
  • Meri i gat bel.
    The woman is pregnant.
  • Mi gat ka.
    I own a car.
  • Mi gat bel hevi.
    I have a complaint.
  • Mipela i gat rait long stap.
    We have a right to stay.

2. there is, there are (see no gat there is/are no, nogat no!)

  • I gat wanpela meri long haus.
    There is one woman in the house.

3. a guard, to guard (also wasman)

  • Gat i slip na em i no wok.
    The guard is asleep and he’s not working.



  • graun bilong gavman government property
  • Gavman i mas senisim sampela lo.
    The government must change some of the laws.
  • Em i wanpela sekreteri bilong Gavman.
    She is a Government secretary.
  • Em i wok long gavman.
    He works for the government.
  • Em i pasin bilong gavman.
    That is a custom of the government. (That is the government way of doing things.)
  • Gavman em i giaman tumas.
    The government is very hypocritical. / The government is lying.

See also: Government of Papua New Guinea