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    what means: wanna, gonna, gotta, nah, cuz

    Hello everyOne !

    what means: wanna - gonna - gotta - nah - cuz!

    if there some more please tell me


    Thanks,

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    Re: what means: wanna, gonna, gotta, nah, cuz

    Not a teacher

    They're mainly used in informal speech: wanna (want to), gonna/gon' (going to), gotta (got to), nah/nope (no), cuz/cos/'cause (because), coulda (could've/could have), shoulda (should've/ should have), woulda (would've/would have), kinda (kind of), yap/yep/yeah (yes), soz (sorry)...
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    #3

    Re: what means: wanna, gonna, gotta, nah, cuz

    I learned a new one in there: soz.

    Bulbul English - welcome to Using English.

    Our friend Philadelphia has given you a good list. However, please remember that these "words" are how people often pronounce these words/phrases, and they are not "good English" so avoid them in your writing (unless you are writing dialogue). They are okay in a text message, but nothing more formal than that.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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