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    Default You've a lot of pictures.

    Can the word "have" be contracted when it's the only verb in a sentence? Please help. Thank you.

    You've a lot of pictures.
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    Default Re: You've a lot of pictures.

    Quote Originally Posted by giddyman View Post
    Can the word "have" be contracted when it's the only verb in a sentence? Please help. Thank you.

    You've a lot of pictures.
    The pattern is that auxiliary verb contract with the subject; e.g. I'm (I am); I'll (I will), but full verbs do not contract; e.g., I watch, not *I'atch; I look, not *I'ook, but in speech some speakers do, in fact, contract the full verb 'have' with the subject; e.g., You've a lot of pictures, which for some speakers is unacceptable.
    Last edited by lauralie2; 26-Dec-2010 at 12:41. Reason: comma placement

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    Default Re: You've a lot of pictures.

    Quote Originally Posted by giddyman View Post
    Can the word "have" be contracted when it's the only verb in a sentence? Please help. Thank you.

    You've a lot of pictures.
    It's acceptable in BrE - though 'you've got' is more common in speech these days.

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    Default Re: You've a lot of pictures.

    Quote Originally Posted by fivejedjon View Post
    It's acceptable in BrE - though 'you've got' is more common in speech these days.
    It is used in BrE, but I would agree with Lauralie2 that some people find it unacceptable and regard it as an error. I don't use it, but can't see much wrong with it, though.

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    Default Re: You've a lot of pictures.

    Quote Originally Posted by Tdol View Post
    It is used in BrE, but I would agree with Lauralie2 that some people find it unacceptable and regard it as an error. I don't use it, but can't see much wrong with it, though.
    I am surprised that some regard it as an error. Back in the dark ages when I was at school, I was taught that ' have got' and ''ve got' were totally unacceptable; the only acceptable form in writing and formal speech was 'have', but ' 've ' was commonly heard in informal conversation.
    Similarly, BE as a full verb was often, and acceptably, contracted in conversation.

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    Default Re: You've a lot of pictures.

    Quote Originally Posted by fivejedjon View Post
    I am surprised that some regard it as an error. Back in the dark ages when I was at school, I was taught that ' have got' and ''ve got' were totally unacceptable; the only acceptable form in writing and formal speech was 'have', but ' 've ' was commonly heard in informal conversation.
    Similarly, BE as a full verb was often, and acceptably, contracted in conversation.
    I guess you need to go back to school.

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