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Questions about unstressed ‘weak’ pronunciations of monosyllabic function words with reduced vowels and sometimes consonants such as in a, an, and, be, been, but, he, her, him, his, just, me, or, she, than, that (as conjunction), the, them, us, we, who, you, your, and sometimes in as, at, for, from, of, to, some, there and others like are, can, could, do, does, had, has, have, my, must, shall, should, was, were, will, would.

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Has British English always had two alternative pronunciations of "been"? [duplicate]

The OALD gives the following pronunciations for been (verb): /biːn/, /bɪn/ (British) /bɪn/ (American) Do American English speakers think the two lines below rhyme? Pussy cat, pussy cat, where ...
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Is there dialectal variation in the weak form of "on"?

This question is related, but not quite identical, to a previous one and to another similar one. In a recent video, phonetician Geoff Lindsey claimed that the words "off" and "on" ...
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Why Some people in American pronounce “with” like “wth”? [duplicate]

Eg. she lives with her parents. I sounds it like: she liveswther parents. The “i” in “with” is dropped I add a audio record of "she lives with her parents.".
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What is the origin of several pronunciations of "the"?

Courtesy links: What is the pronunciation of "the"? The has two pronunciations: "thuh" /ðə/ ...
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Where are the people writing "would of" from?

As a non-native speaker, I would never have guessed that this mistake was a thing before I read it on the web. Since it makes no grammatical sense, I can guess that it can only be seen in the writing ...
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How is "of " pronounced?

I was wondering why we pronounce the word of as ä in the phrase "piece of cake" and as ov in the phrase "part of life". What I've tried: After searching on the internet, I've ...
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Me vs My in East Midlands dialect [duplicate]

In the dialect I grew up with (1960's Leicestershire/East Midlands), I'd say "me", when I meant "my". For example: "That's me car." vs "That's my car." What ...
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Weak forms of HAVE

According to Longman Pronunciation Dictionary HAVE: The weak form /v/ is used only after a vowel (when it is often written as the contraction ’ve), or in very fast speech at the beginning of a ...
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How do you choose between stressed 'to be' and unstressed?

I am wondering in which context people stress the "be" in English grammar. Both Wiktionary and Wordrefence have a stressed and an unstressed form in their dictionary. I know that, for ...
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Weak or strong? Auxiliary verbs + not/been and dummy subject there

I read somewhere that auxiliary verbs are always strong (stressed or pronounced with full vowels) when combined with not. I'm not talking about contractions but when they're fully enunciated: You are ...
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Do native people pronounce "it is on the table" as "ɪt sɑːn ðə ˈteɪbl" or "ɪt zɑːn ðə ˈteɪbl"?

Sometimes, when I watch American films, I often hear people say "ɪt zɑːn ðə ˈteɪbl" (it is on the table). I learned in textbook that "it is" can be contracted as "it's" and since "t" is voiceless so ...
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how to link the phrase "to attend" when pronounced?

The weak form of to is /tə/ and attend starts with /ə/. According to the rule of linking vowel to vowel, we have to add "w" glide consonant to link two words preceding one ending with a back vowel ...
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Is the word "on" pronounced like /ʌn/ or /ən/ instead of /ɔn/ when it is unstressed? [duplicate]

Is the word "on" pronounced like /ʌn/ or /ən/ instead of /ɔn/ when it is unstressed in an American accent?
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Why does the contraction "she's" mean she is or she has? [closed]

I saw this from Molly Johnson on the album she’s always wanted to make When referring to google ngram, I get 3 possible combinations of she's: She 's She's She has So my ...
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Why are expressions like “gonna”, “wanna” and “shoulda” American English?

As Etymonline suggests, the use of “a” meaning “have” in expressions like “should have” (shoulda), “could have” (coulda) and “would have” (woulda) were almost standard usage until the 17th century: ...
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How many legitimate uses of "could of" / "would of" / "should of" are there? [closed]

After some bad calls using search/replace, I'm curious how many legitimate forms of "could/would/should of" there are. I'm interested in uses that do not derive from, and cannot be replaced by "could ...
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since you = sinchu correct? [closed]

I have listened to a song 'since you been gone'. The singer pronounces 'since you been gone' as 'sinchu been gone'. At least I have heard that. Am I correct? Here that part
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The schwa sound with word "have"

When I looked it up in the dictionary, two versions of pronunciation for word "have" was listed. hǽv and həv. hǽv is the one that I am most familiar with. But this həv with the schwa sound... when ...
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the weak form of 'on'

I am confused at whether or not there is a weak form at preposition's 'ON'. I've checked at some dictionaries at Cambridge and Oxford dictionary, they don't mention on the weak form's pronunciation. ...
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“kinda”, “sorta”, “coulda”, “shoulda”, “lotta”, “oughta”, “betcha”, "tseasy", etc. What are these?

In linguistics, is there a term describing this phenomenon, i.e., when the syllables of two words are slurred together in the spoken language? They are not contractions. While contractions are ...
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BrE: pronunciation of "to"

My wife is Guyanese and she tells me that in Guyana they are taught to pronounce "to" as an American would pronounce "toe." Guyana was a British colony (the most recent invaders) and their educational ...
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The pronunciation of the definite article by American speakers

I was reading an article the other day and I came across an interesting passage: Notice that the weak form of the is typically [ði] before a vowel-initial word (the apple) but [ðə] before a ...
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Why is 'Where's it' Grammatically incorrect? [duplicate]

I want to explain to the Spanish developers of a website why this text label sounds wrong: If your column isn't country data, where's it? IMHO, you have to say "Where is it?" - but I don't know ...
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Can vs that ( /kæn/ vs /ðæt/ )

I’ve finally decided to take a look at my English pronunciation and it is being an awesome new world. I am focused on Received Pronunciation (British Standard) and one question comes to mind for which ...
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Pronunciation of a (article) /ə/ vs /eɪ/ [duplicate]

When to use the weak form /ə/ and when to use the weak form /eɪ/ of the article "a"? I figure if I would emphasize anything I wouldn't emphasize an article like "a", but rather, the noun (phrase) ...
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Should I use the weak or the strong form in this sentence for the word "as"?

"Went straight up as if from a factory" <---- for the word "as" in this sentence should I say it like /æz/ or like /əz/ ?
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American English: Can you

when the question "Can I help you?" is pronounced it sounds like "Can I" is reduced to "knai". It's short and quick, but the verb 'help' is stressed, the voice goes up at the end of the question. It's ...
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Words which are pronounced differently depending on where they are in the sentence

Is there a term for words which are pronounced differently depending on where they are in the sentence? For example, when I use the word "to" at the beginning or end of a sentence (or when I'm ...
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Is a schwa ever stressed?

Is there a word in RP (Received Pronunciation) where the stressed vowel sound is a schwa?
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Pronunciation of "of"

Is "of" always supposed to be pronounced with the v sound (like "ov")? Or does it depend on the region (e.g. US, UK) or maybe on the word that follows the preposition? For example, how would you ...
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Is there some rule against ending a sentence with the contraction "it's"?

I heard this lyric in a song the other day and it just sounded so wrong that I assumed it must be incorrect grammar, but I can't find any specific prohibition that applies. That's what it's. That ...
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