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    When to use I'd and I've

    When I read I'd, how do I know when It means "I had" and when It means "I would" ?
    And I don't know exactly when to use Id ( meaning I had) and when to use I've.
    For example, can I say: "I'd drop you a line to let you know"? Or should it be "I've dropped you a line to let you know"?
    Thank's


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    Re: When to use I'd and I've

    Welcome to the forum, Pablo.
    Quote Originally Posted by Pablo Javier View Post
    1. When I read "I'd", how do I know whether it means "I had" or "I would" ?

    2. I don't know exactly when to use "I'd" ( meaning "I had") and when to use "I've".

    3. Can I say: "I'd drop you a line to let you know"? Or should it be "I've dropped you a line to let you know"?

    Thanks.

    I've (I have) numbered your questions for convenience.

    1. The context reveals the meaning. "I'd been lost for an hour before somebody found me" can only mean "I had been lost ..." and "I'd cry if my hamster died" can only mean "I would cry ...'

    2. "I'd" ("I had") is the past perfect tense and "I've" ("I have") is the present perfect tense.

    3. "I'd drop you a line to let you know" can only mean "I would drop you a line ..." but needs something else to follow, such as "...but I haven't got time".
    "I've dropped you a line ..." is fine.

    You must not put an apostrophe in "Thanks".

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