Is the word "I'm" pronounced like /ʌm/ or /əm/, instead of /aɪm/, when it is unstressed?

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    In which accent? – Juhasz Apr 4 '19 at 13:04
  • This Brit will sometimes say /ʌm/, sometimes /aɪm/. But never /əm/. – TonyK Apr 4 '19 at 14:12
  • I would use something between /ɐm/ and /ʌm/ if unstressed and /ɐɪm/ when stressed (Southern England). – Tim Foster Apr 4 '19 at 21:21

Yes, it could be, in the U.S. at least, especially when talking quickly. Example:

She said we don't have to be there until 3:00, and anyway I'm not ready yet.

  • I would say it’s much more common to hear it reduced to [ɑm] or perhaps even [am] or [ɛm]. I don’t recall hearing it reduced all the way down to a schwa. – Janus Bahs Jacquet Apr 5 '19 at 7:00
  • @JanusBahsJacquet Thank you for the comment ^^. But what is the difference between [ɑm] and [am]? – Edinburgh1 Sep 4 '19 at 11:24
  • @Edinburgh1 [a] is the sound in hat; [ɑ] is the sound in father. – Janus Bahs Jacquet Sep 4 '19 at 12:25

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