Ever wondered why English-speakers sound like they're eating their words? Because they are! I've talked about sentence stress before, but what happens to all the words in between the stressed words? In natural spoken English, these unstressed words are shortened and fixed together. We are literally eating the words.
Here's a very useful table showing what happens to some very common words when you speak. Next time you hear someone speaking English, listen carefully and see if you can recognise any of them. And don't forget to try it out yourself!
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