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Alternative formsEdit

EtymologyEdit

Contraction of have.

PronunciationEdit

  • (postvocalic) IPA(key): /v/
  • (postconsonantal) IPA(key): /əv/
  • Homophone: of (postconsonantal 've only, unstressed of only)

VerbEdit

've

  1. Have in its sense marking the perfect or retrospective tense.
  2. (dialect) Have in its other uses.

Usage notesEdit

In many dialects, -'ve is only used to mark the perfect aspect ("I've done something" = "I have done something"), not to signify possession ("I have something"), necessity ("I have to do something"), etc. In others, -'ve is used more broadly; this is sometimes proscribed.

Related termsEdit

  • 'd (past tense)
  • 's (third person)

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