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    car'll, headmaster'd

    I think there's one syllable in the word car'll and that there are three syllables in the word headmaster'd.
    Am I right?
    I need native speakers' help.

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    Re: car'll, headmaster'd

    Quote Originally Posted by sitifan View Post
    I think there's one syllable in the word car'll and that there are three syllables in the word headmaster'd.
    Am I right?
    Where did you find these words?

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    Re: car'll, headmaster'd

    From the example sentences in a grammar book.
    car'll = car will, headmaster'd = headmaster would
    Last edited by sitifan; 17-Apr-2014 at 11:00.
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    Re: car'll, headmaster'd

    Quote Originally Posted by sitifan View Post
    From the example sentences in a grammar book.
    car'll = car will, headmaster'd = headmaster would
    There are two syllables in the first and three in the second. You do understand that these words would be incorrect in written English, don't you?

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    Re: car'll, headmaster'd

    Do car'll and Carl pronounce differently? By the way, I think these two contractions are acceptable in spoken English, aren't they?
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    #6

    Re: car'll, headmaster'd

    They could be pronounced the same way. I think they would be fine in spoken English.

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    Re: car'll, headmaster'd

    Quote Originally Posted by sitifan View Post
    Are car'll and Carl pronounced differently?
    Yes, at least in AusE. 'Carl' is a one-syllable word. 'Car'll' has a schwa between the 'r' and the 'l'.
    Yes, native speakers talk this way. Whether it would be understandable in a foreign accent is a matter for experimentation.

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    Re: car'll, headmaster'd

    Two more questions. How many syllables are there in the word car'd (=car would) and in the word headmaster'll (=head master will)?
    I need native speakers' help.

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    Re: car'll, headmaster'd

    If I pronounced them, "car'd" would have two syllables. "Headmaster'll would have four.

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    #10

    Re: car'll, headmaster'd

    Quote Originally Posted by sitifan View Post
    Do car'll and Carl pronounce differently?
    I am not a teacher.

    There is a schwa between car and 'll in car'll which creates a difference in pronunciation between car'll and Carl as Raymott pointed out.

    In BrE this causes a second difference, which is the pronunciation of the 'r'.

    In Carl the 'r' is not generally sounded but the presence of the schwa in car'll means that the 'r' is sounded.

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