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In speaking, "I have to go" can be reduced to:

In speaking, "You ought to call him" can be reduced to:

In speaking, "Would you do it?" can be reduced to:

In speaking, "Should you try harder?" can be reduced to"

"She's gotta leave early" is the spoken reduced form of"

"He musta been sick" is the reduced spoken form of:

"I wish you coulda seen it!" is the spoken reduced form of:

"Couldja turn it down a bit?" is the reduced spoken form of:

"I mighta done better if you woulda helped me" is the reduced spoken form of:

"They coulda won!" is the reduced spoken form of:


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106 Comments on “Reduced Pronunciation: Modals”


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Hello Alex , hello everyone .
Thank you Alex for this lesson . The most difficult part of a language is to understand and speak fast and casual speeches . I am going to practice the tips you have given us and it will help me improve .
Bye

Tuesday, October 24th 2017

    Nice! Good luck, tsamp.

    Tuesday, October 24th 2017

best man in the world

Tuesday, October 24th 2017

    You’re far too kind. Thanks for your feedback!

    Tuesday, October 24th 2017

9/10!
Thanks Teacher Alex.

Tuesday, October 24th 2017

    Any time. Thanks for studying with me.

    Tuesday, October 24th 2017

Hello Alex! Thanks for a wonderful lesson and a good mood!

Tuesday, October 24th 2017

    Any time! I think it’s important for lessons to feel enjoyable as well as informative.

    Tuesday, October 24th 2017

Hi Alex think you very much for your interesting i was looking for this lesson for along time ago !i appreciate you.

Tuesday, October 24th 2017

    That’s so great! I’m glad you finally found a lesson like this to help you.

    Tuesday, October 24th 2017

Hello Alex,
Another valuable lesson.
You’re encouraging me to speak English naturally.
I really appreciate it.
All the best

Tuesday, October 24th 2017

No problem! I’m glad you enjoyed the video.

Tuesday, October 24th 2017

You’re the best!

Tuesday, October 24th 2017

    Thanks for your kind feedback. I appreciate it.

    Tuesday, October 24th 2017

thanks dude

Tuesday, October 24th 2017

    You’re welcome, dude.

    Tuesday, October 24th 2017

Hi Alex.
Nice poni )

Tuesday, October 24th 2017

    It’s a unicorn. It’s actually from one of my favourite childhood movies called The Last Unicorn.

    Tuesday, October 24th 2017

I have a question teacher, in the sentence bellow why the correct answer is he must have instead of he must has, you know: he,she,it has?
6. “He musta been sick” is the reduced spoken form of:
He must be sick.
He must has been sick.
He must have been sick.
He must had been sick.

Tuesday, October 24th 2017

    It’s the reduced form of “He must have been sick.”

    The following sentences aren’t grammatically correct:
    “He must has been sick.” (always use a base verb after a modal…”must have”)
    “He must had been sick.” (same rule as above)

    I hope this helps.

    Thursday, October 26th 2017

      yes helpful, helped me alot thank you very much.

      Thursday, October 26th 2017

      I was wrong with the “must have” too (9/10).
      Thank you for reminding the rule “always use a base verb after a modal”.

      Thursday, December 7th 2017

this one was thougher than I tought.

Tuesday, October 24th 2017

    Like anything else in life, it takes time to learn, but it’s not impossible. :)

    Thursday, October 26th 2017

Great lesson. Thanks a lot.

Tuesday, October 24th 2017

    No problem! I’m glad you liked it.

    Thursday, October 26th 2017

Successive lesson

Tuesday, October 24th 2017

    “A successful lesson.” :)

    Thanks!

    Thursday, October 26th 2017

8 correct.

Tuesday, October 24th 2017

    Nice job!

    Friday, October 27th 2017

hi alex

Tuesday, October 24th 2017

    Hello. :) I hope you’re having a good day.

    Friday, October 27th 2017

Thank you, Alex! This lesson is Cool! i hope you will make a lesson like it

Tuesday, October 24th 2017

    “I hope you will make more lessons like it.”

    I’m glad you enjoyed it. Thanks for studying with me.

    Friday, October 27th 2017

“Like wouldee from Toy Story” hahaha I´ve had so much fun with this comment XD
Nice lesson Alex, thanks so much!!

Tuesday, October 24th 2017

    Nice! I’m glad you enjoyed it.

    Friday, October 27th 2017

Thank you teacher…!!!!

Tuesday, October 24th 2017

    You’re very welcome! Thanks for studying with me.

    Friday, October 27th 2017

Thanks Alex. Great lesson! A smile:)

Tuesday, October 24th 2017

    That’s the best kind of reaction I can hope for. Thanks for the smile!

    Friday, October 27th 2017

Thanks Alex, even your energy is enough to grasp those things. :)

Tuesday, October 24th 2017

    Thank you! I’m glad it was a useful video for you.

    Friday, October 27th 2017

Thank you Alex

Tuesday, October 24th 2017

    My pleasure! Nice avatar. I used to be obsessed with The Simpsons.

    Friday, October 27th 2017

      Thanks for your comment. The Simpsons are great.

      Friday, October 27th 2017

NICE LESSON, ALEX!

Tuesday, October 24th 2017

    Thanks a lot. I’m glad you liked it!

    Friday, October 27th 2017

I really appreciate about this awesom lesson thank you Alex

Tuesday, October 24th 2017

    “I really appreciate this awesome lesson.”

    I’m glad you enjoyed it! Thanks for studying with me and good luck in the future.

    Friday, October 27th 2017

Thank so much teacher. We want more

Tuesday, October 24th 2017

    “Thanks so much, teacher. We want more.”

    I’m glad you enjoyed it! Don’t worry. I have many more videos coming in the future.

    Friday, October 27th 2017

It is a very good lesson. Now I can understand the movies much better. Thank you so much.

Tuesday, October 24th 2017

    You’re very welcome! Thanks for checking it out.

    Friday, October 27th 2017

Thanks!

Tuesday, October 24th 2017

    You’re welcome. *thumbs up*

    Friday, October 27th 2017

very good lesson/

Tuesday, October 24th 2017

    Thank you. I’m glad you liked it.

    Friday, October 27th 2017

Hi Alex,
Great and useful lesson! Thanks for it.

Actually, I’ve noticed there is a mistake in the 3rd conditional sentence of question No.9. It actually should read as: “I might have done better if you HAD helped me.”

Cheers,
David

Tuesday, October 24th 2017

    Ah, I see what you mean. It’s also possible to say “I might have done better if you would have helped me” too, though. Your form is more grammatically correct and common, though.

    Friday, October 27th 2017

Thanks Alex
That was very useful🙏🏼🌺

Tuesday, October 24th 2017

    You’re very welcome! I’m glad you liked it.

    Friday, October 27th 2017

Would you explain how to understand news report and complex speech, thank you teacher Alex.

Wednesday, October 25th 2017

Hi Alex. Great job! It’s very important to practice the pronunciation of those modals. English is hard. Sometimes I think that it is all Greek to me. Thanks again. I’ll see you next time. Take it easy. Bye!

Wednesday, October 25th 2017

    French is almost all Greek to me, so I understand your challenges. :)

    Friday, October 27th 2017

Hi Alex. This lesson also is a great way to improve listening. I’m interested in watching your lessons. Thank you.

Wednesday, October 25th 2017

    Exactly! One of the most important skills this improves is your listening. I’m glad you liked it. Thanks for watching.

    Friday, October 27th 2017

I’ve got 100, but in some questions I hesitited. Thank you Alex for a good lesson. I hope that I shall be understand native speaers better.

Wednesday, October 25th 2017

    I hope so too! Good luck with your studies.

    Friday, October 27th 2017

I have qot 100, Thank you/

Thursday, October 26th 2017

    Nice work! Keep on studying.

    Friday, October 27th 2017

Hi alex

Thursday, October 26th 2017

Thanks my teacher

Thursday, October 26th 2017

I want to learn English please help me

Thursday, October 26th 2017

Hi ALex….
Thank you for this explanations….
I have a question
Please tell me about pronunciation about…

would she ?
could she ?
Should She ?

Thursday, October 26th 2017

    There’s no reduction in these situations. The “Sh” sound is necessary.

    Friday, October 27th 2017

Very good lesson.Thanks

Thursday, October 26th 2017

    You’re welcome. I’m happy you enjoyed it.

    Friday, October 27th 2017

Hi. Thanks a lot for helping us.
But sir could you please help me with understanding the difference between “needn’t”,”don’t need to” and “mustn’t”
I get a little confused and don’t know in which situation I should use them.
Please make a tutorial video and let us know the correct grammar.
But thanks again for all the things you have done.

Friday, October 27th 2017

Hello, Alex thanks for this good lesson that you share us. Actually it’s good to use short cut words or reduce pronunciation while you are speaking.

Friday, October 27th 2017

Hello,teacher. I’m a teacher of English and my students ask me to teach them how to speak like native speakers, I always do but the problem that I face is that I have no documents. Please, tell me what I should I do?

Sunday, October 29th 2017

    Check out islcollective.com if you’re looking for classroom materials.

    Friday, November 24th 2017

If you have any documents, please send them to me. This my e-mail address:amarelhankouri@gmail.com

Sunday, October 29th 2017

special thanks prof.

Sunday, October 29th 2017

Useful class, I get 10/10, unexpectedly! Thank you Alex.

Tuesday, October 31st 2017

    Nice job on the quiz! Thanks for watching, dodik.

    Sunday, November 5th 2017

Hafta is a week in turkish))))? i can`t use it like have to)))

Friday, November 3rd 2017

10/10 ☺. Alex ,I would like to ask a question . What’s the difference between keep studying and keep on studying ? It seems like same for me so, why do we put “on” between the verbs?

Friday, November 3rd 2017

    That’s a great question with no answer. Why do we say “sit down” and “sit”? Or “stand up” and “stand”? :) It’s just another way of saying the same thing. The phrasal verb versions are a bit more informal, and that’s basically the only difference.

    Sunday, November 5th 2017

I thought “has” was associated with he an she. Its very confused the use of “must have” using he or she. For example you say “he must have’ and not “he must has” instead.

Sunday, November 5th 2017

    Normally, you’re right, but because “must” is a modal, it must be followed by a base form verb. :)

    Friday, November 24th 2017

Excellent speaking learning !

Monday, November 6th 2017

omg, this is what i’ve always been confused when I read drama subtitles. I didn’t know what happened when characters said modals so quickly, this is so hard to me to follow their taking speed. but from you teching, now i know the trick. thanks a lot,Alex!

Tuesday, November 7th 2017

    That’s great to hear! I’m glad this has helped you. :)

    Friday, November 24th 2017

Thank’s you so much!

Tuesday, November 7th 2017

Hello Alex
Thanks so much

Tuesday, November 14th 2017

thaks so much

Wednesday, November 15th 2017

thank you alex

Wednesday, November 15th 2017

great Alex

Tuesday, November 21st 2017

Really useful lesson. Thanks million.

Saturday, November 25th 2017

One of the best teacher!

Sunday, December 10th 2017

Thank you very much Alex . This lesson vrey important for speaking

Sunday, December 24th 2017

Wow! I coulda understood a lot of English songs if I had seen this lesson before.

Thursday, January 11th 2018

Hello Alex!
Thanks for your lessons!

But can you clarify in which English speaking countries this reduces are common?

Monday, January 15th 2018

thnx

Monday, February 19th 2018

really good teacher all the best for you

Tuesday, March 27th 2018

thanks Mr.Alex ! Nice lesson!

Tuesday, April 3rd 2018
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