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    Do native speakers always shorten words when speaking? For examples: That'd be very

    Do native speakers always shorten words when speaking?

    For examples:

    That'd be very helpful.

    VS

    That would be very helpful.

    Are both okay?

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    Re: Do native speakers always shorten words when speaking? For examples: That'd be

    Such generalizations cannot be made.

    The range of native accents is so enormous that sometimes native speakers have great difficulty in understanding one another. For myself, I have once found myself utterly unable to understand Glaswegian speech, and one of my children, a doctor, has found herself translating from English to English in an Emergency Room (Casualty Ward) setting.

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    Re: Do native speakers always shorten words when speaking? For examples: That'd be

    I would say the shortening of words or contractions abounds in spoken/colloquial English by native speakers.

    You have things like:

    I'd, I'll, she's, ain't,
    wanna, gonna, gimme, outta, kinda, sorta, helluva
    brekkie, barbie, cya, arvo, chewie

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    Re: Do native speakers always shorten words when speaking? For examples: That'd be

    "I would say the shortening of words or contractions abounds in spoken/colloquial English by native speakers."

    Obviously it does. That wasn't the question. The question was "Does it always ...

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