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English

Etymology

Contraction of (ha)ve.

Suffix

've

  1. Have (marking the perfect, or retrospective, tense)
  2. (some dialects) Have, possess.

Related terms

  • 'd (past tense)
  • 's (third person)

Usage notes

  • In many dialects, -'ve is only used to mark the perfect aspect ("I've done something" = "I have done something"), not to signify possession ("I have something"). In others, -'ve may be used for both.

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