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I was watching a film with subtitles, and the phrase: "Will you grab her blanket?" sounded like "We'you graber blanket". I'm Ok with "graber", but can we drop "l"-sound in "will you"?

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  • You have asked a yes-no question, but either answer would be so misleading as to be wrong.
    – tchrist
    Commented Oct 5, 2019 at 16:37
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    You can drop any sound you wish. But, will people still understand you is the question. Unless you're in an area where people routinely drop that sound, it's unlikely people will readily understand you.
    – David M
    Commented Oct 5, 2019 at 16:40
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    Will you is virtually always contracted to /'wiyu/. In fact, will by itself is almost always contracted, if possible with a pronoun (I'll, you'll, he'll, it'll, they'll, we'll, and also will you as noted, and /'wɪli, 'wɪlət, 'wɪlay, 'wɪðe/ for will he, will it, will I, will they). Commented Oct 5, 2019 at 16:59
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    @tchrist I don’t see how “yes” could possibly be misleading. Yes, we can definitely drop the /l/ in will you; we can also, in some contexts more likely than in others, retain it, but I can think of pretty much no context where you couldn’t drop it. Even when emphasising will, the /l/ drops quite readily for me. Commented Oct 5, 2019 at 18:20
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    @tchrist A one-bit answer would not be an adequate ELU answer to begin with, no matter how simple the yes/no question. Commented Oct 5, 2019 at 18:27

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In a comment, John Lawler wrote:

Will you is virtually always contracted to /'wiyu/. In fact, will by itself is almost always contracted, if possible with a pronoun (I'll, you'll, he'll, it'll, they'll, we'll, and also will you as noted, and /'wɪli, 'wɪlət, 'wɪlay, 'wɪðe/ for will he, will it, will I, will they).

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