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Is it appropriate to use short form of “have” ('ve) when it means possession?
Can you contract the main verb in a sentence?

Is we've equivalent to we have?

In some cases, they do seem to be correct, but sometimes they don't. Consider these 4 sentences.

We've got a problem here.
We have got a problem here.

We've a problem here.
We have a problem here.

Which of these are correct, and which are wrong?


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We've is simply a contraction of we have. All your examples are correct grammatically, it's just that some sound better than others.


British English finds it generally acceptable to contract away the main verb of the sentence, for "We've a problem here." American English does not like to do that, even though it is grammatically valid.

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