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I often hear "I'm gonna". but sometimes I hear "I'm ona" pronounced by a native speaker as "I'm gonna". Dose it make sense?

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'I'm gonna' isn't standard English, so there are won't be any standard rules for pronunciation. I've even heard 'I'm 'a' sometimes, too, as in "When can I expect that report?" / "Don't worry, I'm 'a do it now." –  p.s.w.g Jun 14 '13 at 16:44
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You hear "I'm ona" pronounced as "I'm gonna"? What in the world is "I'm ona"? –  MετάEd Jun 14 '13 at 17:43
    
It's perfectly standard English. It just isn't written much, because nobody's sure how to spell it, and most people are worried they may be wrong, and that people will laugh. This is what happens when children aren't taught any grammar after third grade; they still carry along all their childhood Angst when dealing with it. –  John Lawler Jun 14 '13 at 18:01
    
I can't help but think about the Kanye meme: knowyourmeme.com/memes/events/… –  Dan Gayle Jun 14 '13 at 21:22

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This is an example of elision, where consonants and even whole syllables can be lost to make a word easier to say quickly.

In fact, even I'm gonna is an example - it is an elided form of I am going to. I'm ona and I'ma are just taking the elision further, but this isn't necessary.

It should be noted that even I'm gonna is colloquial, familiar language and can seem childish/uneducated - I'm ona and I'ma even more so.

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Thank you. Do you think it's better not to use that wards? –  Daiki Jun 14 '13 at 17:30
    
It depends on how formal the situation is - among friends, I'm gonna is just fine. In a more professional, workplace environment, I'm going to would be recommended. –  Hannele Jun 14 '13 at 17:37

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