This video is Part 1 of "How to Pronounce 80 Contractions". I give the British pronunciations of 40 of the most common contractions in modern-day English. Here I only look at contractions with apostrophes. I am going to look at contractions such as coulda, shoulda and gonna in another video.
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I am a native speaker from Australia. I mainly speak British English.
How to pronounce contractions
How to say contractions
Hi Max! I found this lesson very useful. I hit the thumbs up. I didn't know the contraction of the words "how does" (# 16 - how's). By the way, Frank and George are always close to you. They are your inseparable friends. I'll see you next time. Take care!
HI max , Do you know what's the most complicated part of learning english for people native of idiom derivation of latin ? Like portuguese , for example ? It's the right sequence of adjective, For exemple . In Portuguese we say , existe uma mulher jovem, bela , inteligente , extrovertida e simpática que gosta de ensianr inglês pelo You Tube . What the right gramatical rule to put these adjectives ? Please ..
I can't promise when I'll be able to do it, because I have lots of other videos planned, but I've added it to my list :).
In the meantime, you might find this page useful:
Another fine video from Max.
In my opinion, contractions are not so difficult. Without knowing basic English grammar rules they can be the nightmare for non-native speakers though. We have to know the full form. The problem is that there is one contraction for two or even three full forms.
Today, no sooner had I finished watching this video then I encountered this sentence:
"Bob, there's three large men in suits in the bar looking for you." This sentence is from the book 'Status Quo The Official 40th Anniversary Edition', page 18.
It seems to me there is a mistake. It should be: "Bob, there're three ... " Am I right or no?
And now at night, I found another sentence: "What I been told is that there's two VIPs murdered on the thirtieth floor." This sentence is from the book '1st to die' by James Patterson, page 17. It looks like the same problem (for me)as the first one. (pls correct)
thanks for your kindly reply. But I have another grammar problem. What is this construction: "I been told" ( in my opinion: subject + past participle + past participle). I know only: I have been told, I was told
Very observant! Yes, it's becoming more and more common for native speakers to say "there is" instead of "there are" (or "there's"). It's technically incorrect, but it's very common, which is why you would see it in dialogue in books. I even say it sometimes when I'm not paying attention. 😉It bothers me when I see it in newspapers!
*had I finished watching this video than
*Am I right or not?
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