From: "John Cowan" <[log in to unmask]> > > I was merely disagreeing that it was seen as actually being the same as > > "of", I think the spelling is used because "of" is the only word in > > English pronounced /@(v)/. > > But there are people who, when asked to repeat what they have said > more clearly, will say /ai SUd @v gOn/ and not /ai SUd h&v gOn/, > which says that they have reanalyzed /Sudv/ as containing "of". People like me. :p When 'have' is a second auxiliary (should have, could have, will have) then it's pronounced [@(v)]. This is to differentiate from 'have' as the verb meaning to possess: I should have gone. [SUd@v] I should have pizza. [SUd h&v] Which may not mean much in itself because in a full sentence like that you can tell by what follows. *Muke!