It's optional. In an informal situation, feel free to drop it.
Yes, we do. Yes, it is often pronounced that way in real life whenever real people are speaking carefully.
Here's a famous country music singer, Johnny Cash, who projects a folksy working-class image and uses colloquial, slangy language. How does he pronounce "I've?" Listen, starting about 0:30. He says "I've" dozens of times. Sometimes the "v" is harder to hear than others, but even in the rapid-fire "patter" it's there every single time.
"I've Been Everywhere"
How about the Beatles? (British English, with a working-class style and image):
"I've Just Seen a Face"
Yes. Please pronounce it!
Yes, I doubt if the sound /v/ is pronounced in real life whenever I see YouTube video clips that drop the sound of /v/ in this case.--Hoon
The question is "Do you pronounce" and that does not equate to exceptions to the rules of grammar.
When people teach the rules of grammar and phonetic pronunciation, the meaning of
Do---You---Pronounce is understood to be the proper grammatical and phoentic usage.
There are in fact, people who do indeed mispronounce the words of the English Language and YouTube videos are full of such mispronunciations. "I've got" can be pronounced spoken as "I got"; but the issue becomes moot once one considers it beyond Grammatical and Phonetic Rules, because once one does that, one enters the realm in which there are no rules, and no meaning can be attributed to the pronunciation.
It would be a confused understanding of a language indeed, if one adopted the habit of thinking that merely because one "heard it" somewhere, it is customary, acceptable, or confers upon the user some special social status.
It can indeed confer upon the user a certain status. People hearing you speak will relegate you to the status of persons who do not know proper English.
This is an ongoing difficulty, with people so fascinated with idiomatic expressions that they
feel that it confers upon one a social acceptance.. It reminds me of the time when I was about 14 years old, and I adopted some of the breathy word usages I heard in Rock N Roll songs, and my bigger brother smacked me in the mouth for it. I am glad he did. It taught me an important lesson.
Yes. The 've' sound IS there when we say it 'I've got'.
Non-native speakers may not hear it if they're expecting to hear a sound like the loud and clear 'v' at the beginning of a word. It is much lighter than at the beginning of a word. But it is there, and we are conscious of making this sound. It's the lightest of touches between the top teeth and the bottom lip. 'I've got' and 'I got' take exactly the same time to say, but they ARE different. It only takes a split second to touch your teeth on your bottom lip between the 'I' and the 'got', but it makes all the difference.
And on a completely different topic, Hoon, are you aware that the gesture you are making is extremely offensive in the UK? If you make that sign to a British person, you are telling them to f*** off. Just thought I'd warn you.