've

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Contraction of have.

Pronunciation[edit]

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

Verb[edit]

've

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

Usage notes[edit]

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"), &c. In others, -'ve is used more broadly; this is sometimes proscribed.

Related terms[edit]

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

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