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"We've" vs "We have" [duplicate]

Possible Duplicates: 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? ...
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Can "you've" be used as a possessive "have"? [duplicate]

Generally, "you've" is used in conjunction with another verb, such as "I see you've arrived" or "She asked if you've seen this". Is it also acceptable to use "you've" without a second verb, using the ...
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"I'd the house to myself" Is this incorrect? [duplicate]

"I'd the house to myself." Since "I'd" can be a contraction of I had, would it work in this case for "I had the house to myself?"
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"I have" = "I've". Is that always correct? [duplicate]

Duplicate: 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 ...
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Use of contraction for I have where have is used to denote possession [duplicate]

"I have" can be contracted to "I've" when the "have" word is used followed by an action or experience. For example, "I have been there" can be contacted to "I've been there" Is the same valid for the ...
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When is it acceptable to use "I've" by itself? [duplicate]

I have a friend from a foreign country who for years has used "I've" in a way that sounds funny to me. He often writes sentences like "I've an exam tomorrow." Is he correct in this usage? I have ...
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Is it wrong to use use contractions of have when not for the purpose of forming a past tense sentence? [duplicate]

For example, I believe the following to be acceptable: "I've had no issues in the past with this client" However, the following is what I'm unsure of: "I've $16 in my bank account." I've ...
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Can a word be contracted twice (e.g. "I'ven't")?

I've seen a contraction of two words. I can't see why it wouldn't've been possible to have been contracted twice. Is it possible and how should it be punctuated? Update: Ok, to sum up the answers ...
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Can you contract the main verb '[I] have' 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, ...
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Does "he's" mean both "he is" and "he has"? [closed]

Is it alright to use the same contraction, "He's", to mean both "He is" and "He has"? Examples: "He's angry." "He's been angry." "He's a beautiful house."
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Is it correct: "We don’t have to go there if we don’t want to"?

Which sentences are correct? We don’t have to go there if we don’t want to. or We haven’t to go there if we don’t want to.
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Is it correct to shorten "you have" to "you've"? [closed]

If "you are" can be shortened to "you're", can "you have" be shortened to "you've"? Is it acceptable? If yes, what are the situations where it can be used?
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Shortest correct sentence in English- use of contractions [duplicate]

I often hear people saying that "I am" is the shortest sentence in the English language. I know that there are also discussions about sentences using the imperative mood such as "Go." that would be ...
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"haven't" as negation of possession

I was taking a quiz in which there was a series of question about access to common objects (TV, computer, washing machine, etc.) and the two answers were "have" and "haven't". Is the usage of the ...
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Correct usage of *'ve contractions

Coincidentally over the last few days, I have twice seen what I view as an 'incorrect' use of I've, viz. How could I've done this better? On attempting to explain why this sounds wrong to a ...
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