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Dear All My teacher gave me a tasks to find a solution for this sentence.

He marked that the "I've to" part is wrong. But to be honest I don't know what is the resolution.

The original sentence part was that:

Besides that, I’ve to mention; ......

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  • Can you add more context — at least the full sentence.
    – James K
    Commented Mar 27, 2021 at 6:46
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    Does this answer your question? Is "'ve to" instead of "have to" correct? (the answer is "no", it isn't correct)
    – James K
    Commented Mar 27, 2021 at 7:00
  • @JamesK - that is a matter of opinion. Commented Mar 27, 2021 at 13:36
  • I just (March 27 2021) heard a BBC Radio 4 announcer say "and now, we've an episode of..." Commented Mar 27, 2021 at 18:23

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Using 've [to] instead of 'have' when discussing possession or ownership, or being obliged, instructed or required - e.g. 'I've a red hat', 'we've nothing to hide', 'you've to go to London for a meeting', 'they've to be there at eight' is not 'wrong'. It is a mainly UK usage, and may be somewhat old fashioned in England and maybe Wales, and is often an (upper) class marker. I saw it a lot in Enid Blyton books as a kid.

Grammarphobia discusses.

The usage may be less old fashioned and less class-marked in Scotland and Northern Ireland. This is how Val McDermid described talking to a librarian when she was a child:

"My mum’s not well," I said. "I’ve to get her a book."

Of course you need to say 'have' in full if you wish to add emphasis, e.g. 'I have to do this'.

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  • It's not all that old-fashioned. In the 1950s and early 60s my junior school teachers tried to get us to avoid 'got' - e.g. 'I've got a new coat', as being vulgar, common, and casual, but without much success, although it worked with me to some extent. Commented Mar 27, 2021 at 10:55
  • Dear Michael, really thanks for your answer, I enjoyed it.
    – babolcs
    Commented Mar 28, 2021 at 19:15

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