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There are three possible ways of contracting "I would have":

  1. I would've
  2. I'd have
  3. I'd've

Which do you consider "correct", and which do you prefer?

Date: 2006-08-07 11:41 am (UTC)From: [identity profile] crocodilewings.livejournal.com
The second is the tidiest, but I've probably used all three recently.

Date: 2006-08-07 11:48 am (UTC)From: [identity profile] glitterybint.livejournal.com
1 or 2 are ok, there are far too many apostrophes in 3 though.

Date: 2006-08-08 06:43 pm (UTC)From: [identity profile] salmon-of-doubt.livejournal.com

My thoughts exactly. It may be correct for all I know but it's too fiddly to bother with.

Date: 2006-08-07 11:55 am (UTC)From: [identity profile] andymariachi.livejournal.com
Terribly sorry, all three! Depends on situation and who I'm talking to.

Date: 2006-08-07 11:55 am (UTC)From: [identity profile] karohemd.livejournal.com
Oddly, I would say 1 but write 2 and both are acceptable.
3 is completely out, though.

Date: 2006-08-07 12:03 pm (UTC)From: [identity profile] nigelh.livejournal.com
I'm sure I've said all 3. Of the 3 I'd probably write 2, although if I'm trying to write "formally" I tend to avoid contractions entirely.

Context is all, as ever.

Date: 2006-08-07 12:09 pm (UTC)From: [identity profile] ashekenaz.livejournal.com
Depends on what dialect I'm writing in as to whether I'd use 1 or 2, but 3 is right out.

Date: 2006-08-07 12:13 pm (UTC)From: [identity profile] motherkat.livejournal.com
You say 3 all the time! I'd say 1 is probably correct; but I use 2 personally.

Date: 2006-08-07 12:15 pm (UTC)From: [identity profile] ashekenaz.livejournal.com
True. I may say 3 but I'd never write it that way.

Date: 2006-08-07 01:08 pm (UTC)From: [identity profile] ianxphoto.livejournal.com
I tend to say all three pretty much interchangeably, and mostly write 1.

All three are okay when spoken, but 3 probably is probably slang so not correct when written (unless quoting).

Date: 2006-08-07 01:22 pm (UTC)From: [identity profile] caerban.livejournal.com
Context is all isn't it?
I suppose 3 is more a spoken contraction so unless you're writing dialogue then I'd avoid it.

Date: 2006-08-07 01:23 pm (UTC)From: [identity profile] caerban.livejournal.com
I've used all three in my journal and I suspects that's because sometimes I'm writing quite formally and others I'm just relaying the voices in my head :)

Date: 2006-08-07 02:17 pm (UTC)From: [identity profile] confuseddave.livejournal.com
All of the above, depending on the context it's in, including cadence and stuff.

Date: 2006-08-07 06:08 pm (UTC)From: [identity profile] grok-mctanys.livejournal.com
2

Date: 2006-08-07 06:43 pm (UTC)From: [identity profile] bonedancer.livejournal.com
Two is the best, one is permissible.

Three - I think - is actually wrong. I reckon if you were going to write it, you'd skip the second apostrophe. Thus, "I'dve"

That doesn't really look right either, but I think it's more right than the double apostrophe version.

I have nothing to back this up, but that's my reading of it.

Date: 2006-08-07 08:39 pm (UTC)From: [identity profile] longrat.livejournal.com
written - 1
spoken - 3

Date: 2006-08-08 08:46 pm (UTC)From: [identity profile] mouschtie.livejournal.com
I would usually write 1 and say 1 or 3 depending on situation. However, if I was trying to put 3 into writing, I would write 2 instead.

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