Learn English – use a contraction with names or only with subject pronouns


I have a doubt. Can I use this contraction?

Karen and Tony've got a computer

Instead of the full form of have got :

Karen and Tony have got a computer

Which one should I use? Or, are both correct?

Best Answer

I've never seen the 've (for have) contraction on anything but a pronoun. However the 's contraction for is is common with just about any singular noun or pronoun. In informal speech a little slurring will occur with are as well so that in effect you'll hear Sam and Jane're coming to town: but this is informal speech, and it never gets written out that way.