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    How to pronounce "don't" and "and" in actual.

    In movies or news. I can't hear how people say "don't" and "and", eespecially in sentences "why don't you...". Could any one explain me how to speak them, please. Beside, is my title for this post is suitable with english gramar, I don't know whether i should use "in real" or "in actual".Thanks

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    Re: How to pronounce "don't" and "and" in actual.

    Quote Originally Posted by vanquanagtk View Post
    In movies or news, I can't hear how people say "don't" and "and", especially in sentences like "Why don't you...?". Could any one anyone/someone explain to me how to speak pronounce them, please.

    Beside Also, is my title for this post is suitable with English grammar grammatically correct? I don't know whether I should use "in real" or "in actual". Thanks.
    Please see my amendments to your post above in red.

    Do you think we pronounce "don't" differently specifically in "Why don't you ...?" If so, you might be right to a certain extent. It probably sounds like "Why d-oh-n-choo". (I don't do phonetic symbols.)

    You did not give an example of when/why you can't hear how people say "and" - your second example.

    Both "in real" and "in actual" are incorrect. You could say "in real life".
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: How to pronounce "don't" and "and" in actual.

    Quote Originally Posted by Abhishek Tavildar View Post
    I would like to recommend a book to you on Accent and Recieved pronuncialtion [...] This will be very helpful and would have all the answers to your questions .
    If it teaches RP, I don't think it would have the answers to the OP's questions. It would not help much if it were an American movie that he was watching, and would not explain the whys and wherefores of variations in the pronunciation of 'don't' and 'and' - which cover quite a range from 'd' and 'n' upwards.

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    Re: How to pronounce "don't" and "and" in actual.

    You'd think the author of a book on received pronunciation would be able to spell it right.

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    Re: How to pronounce "don't" and "and" in actual.

    In the film "Blood and chocolate", the main actress said :"It's not gonna taste any better with you standing there watching me ","Why don't you go sell something for a change", I can't here clearly the underlined words, could anyone tell me how they were pronounced.Thanks

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    Re: How to pronounce "don't" and "and" in actual.

    We can't possibly tell you how the actress pronounced them without being able to watch a video clip of her speaking those lines.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: How to pronounce "don't" and "and" in actual.

    About don't:

    In very casual spoken American English, we often say doncha for don't you.

    - Doncha love me, honey?
    - Why doncha give it a rest?

    It's a long o, the same as in don't.

    We also often say gonna for going to and wanna for want to.

    - Your gonna wanna be there.

    Be careful! None of those are correct standard American English, you would never write those phrases that way. An exception: Song lyrics, like "I Wanna Hold Your Hand."

    About and:

    Also in very casual spoken American English, we drop the d from and. Sometimes we drop the a, too.

    - This 'n' that.
    - Here 'n' there.
    There are a few exceptions. For example, rock 'n' roll is correct standard American English.

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    Re: How to pronounce "don't" and "and" in actual.

    PS -

    And many Americans say "Dunno" for "I don't know." (The accent is on the o.)

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    Re: How to pronounce "don't" and "and" in actual.

    You will find these forms used in the UK too.

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