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    how do you read "have"?

    Hi,

    I have a phonetic question about "have", for example,
    The sale includes mostly books people have donated to the library.

    The phonetic for "have" is []. But I have question that in colloquial situation, how do you usually read this word? Will this one be read as [] or something else? Or you just always read this one as [], whatever it is a formal or informal situation.


    Thanks for your help.


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    Re: how do you read "have"?

    The loss of the aspirated "h" would be regarded as a sign of poor education. It might get lost if the person is speaking very fast.


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    Re: how do you read "have"?

    Quote Originally Posted by Anglika View Post
    The loss of the aspirated "h" would be regarded as a sign of poor education. It might get lost if the person is speaking very fast.
    Hi, Anglika,

    Thanks for your reply.

    I was wondering if I keep asking you one more question.

    For example, "You are" - [] [], and I know that when a person is speaking very fast, he might be say "You're" - [], or weak form []. Another example, "They are" - [ ] [], we also hear "They're" [], or weak form [].


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    Re: how do you read "have"?

    My question is how about "There are" - [] [], is there a reduced form for "There are" ? It seems I always hear this one get reduced as [] when a person is talking pretty fast. But I am not sure, so what is your opinion, how do you read "There are", when you are speaking in a fast speed?

    By the way, I have to tell you I am learning American English.


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    Re: how do you read "have"?

    Spoken fast, you will get the elision.

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