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Is it appropriate to use short form of “have” ('ve) when it means possession?

I feel uncomfortable saying sentences like the following:

  • "I've a car" instead of "I have a car"
  • "He's a pen" instead of "He has a pen"
  • etc

I ask this because I read something like that in a book.

Are they correct? and what is the rule?

merged by nohat Sep 18 '10 at 1:27

This question was merged with Is it appropriate to use short form of “have” ('ve) when it means possession? because it is an exact duplicate of that question.

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