The Stack Overflow podcast is back! Listen to an interview with our new CEO.
    Tweeted twitter.com/StackEnglish/status/1143398550669336576
3 edited title
| link

Can you contract the main verb '[I] have' in a sentence?

2 edited tags
| link
1
source | link

Can you contract the main verb in a sentence?

One can contract I have to I've when have is a helping verb, e.g.

I've got an octopus in my pants.

Is contracting the main verb technically incorrect or merely antiquated? My father loves to say,

I've a month-old smoked shoulder I can cook for dinner,

and he sounds like a crazy old man when he does. I would like to know if I can shut him down by informing him that he is incorrect. :)