In the English language, contractions are words created by combining two existing words into a new word. For example, “I’m” is a contraction of “I am.” Contractions are commonly used in written form, but they can also be used in spoken form. Pronouncing contractions correctly can be difficult for non-native English speakers, so today we’re going to take a look at how to pronounce them correctly. Let’s get started!
What are the Contractions?
As we mentioned before, contractions are created by combining two existing words into a new word. For example, the contraction “don’t” is created by combining the words “do” and “not.” Contractions are commonly used in both written and spoken forms, and they can be a great way to save time and energy when speaking. However, contractions can also be difficult to pronounce, especially for non-native English speakers.
When pronouncing contractions, it’s important to remember that the two words that have been combined still retain their original meaning. For example, the contraction “don’t” still means “do not.” As a result, contractions are often pronounced as if they were two separate words. For example, the contraction “don’t” would be pronounced as “doh-nut,” with a slight pause between the two words.
It’s also important to remember that the apostrophe (‘) in a contraction indicates where one of the words has been omitted. For example, in the contraction “don’t,” the apostrophe takes the place of the letter “o” in the word “not.” As a result, the apostrophe is usually not pronounced when speaking contractions.
Here are some common contractions and their pronunciations:
|Aren’t||/ɑːnt/ or /ænt/|
|Can’t||/kænt/ or /kɑːnt/|
|Couldn’t||/kʊdnt/ or /kʊdn’t/|
|Didn’t||/dɪdnt/ or /dɪdn’t/|
|Doesn’t||/dʌznt/ or /dʌzn’t/|
|Don’t||/doh-nut/ (with a slight pause between the two words)|
|Hasn’t||/hæznt/ or /hɑːznt/|
|Haven’t||/hævnt/ or /hɑːvnt/|
|He’s||/hiz/ or /hiːz/ (American English)|
|It’s||/ɪts/ or /itʃ/|
|She’s||/ʃiz/ or /ʃiːz/ (American English)|
|That’s||/ðæts/ or /ðəts/|
|There’s||/ðɛrz/ or /ðərz/|
|They’re||/ðeɪr/ or /ðɛr/|
|Wasn’t||/wʌznt/ or /wʌzn’t/|
|We’re||/wɪr/ or /wer/|
|You’ll||/jʊl/ or /jɔːl/|
|You’re||/jʊr/ or /jɔːr/|