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    Default What's called? (It'll, Shoulda, Woulda)

    In American english, when people talk in normal/fast pace, a lot of the words are distorted and I want to know if there's a word that refers to them.

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    1. Something > some-um? (I don't know how fully to describe this one.)
    2. Would of > woulda
    3. It'll > It-dul
    4. Show Them > Show em
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    Default Re: What's called? (It'll, Shoulda, Woulda)

    (not a teacher)
    Overall, I'd call it elision.
    Where I'm from, "something" is pronounced "sum'thin".
    Also, 3 could be considered a contraction.

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    Default Re: What's called? (It'll, Shoulda, Woulda)

    In BrE, summat is a common pronunciation of something.

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    Default Re: What's called? (It'll, Shoulda, Woulda)

    Quote Originally Posted by strintvit View Post

    1. Would of > woulda
    "Woulda" and "would've" are forms of "Would have". "Would of" is not English.

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    Default Re: What's called? (It'll, Shoulda, Woulda)

    I would say that it was a great assimilation in some cases. it'll I'm - contracted forms.
    Would have- I think would've is possible to use as contracted form because it's too long in fluent speech.

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    Default Re: What's called? (It'll, Shoulda, Woulda)

    Quote Originally Posted by Raymott View Post
    "Would of" is not English.
    If only thousands (millions?) of Brits realised/believed/understood that. Bane of my life!
    Remember - correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing make posts much easier to read.

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