Sunday, November 29, 2009

Informal Contractions

Informal contractions are short forms of other words used when speaking casually. They are a little like slang.

For example, "gonna" is a short form of "going to". If "going to" is said very fast, without carefully pronouncing each word, it sounds like "gonna".

They are not used in "correct" speech.
What are you going to do? = Whatcha going to do? = Whatcha gonna do?

Do you want a book? = Do you wanna book? = D'you wanna book? = D'ya wanna book? = Ya wanna book? = Wanna book?

ain't = am not/are not/is not
I ain't Murugan.You ain't my uncle.

ain't = has not/have not

I ain't gone there.
He ain't drawn yet.

gimme = give me

Gimme your pencil.

gonna = going to

What are you gonna do?

gotta = (have) got a

I've gotta pen.
I gotta gun.

gotta = (have) got to
I've gotta go.
I gotta go.

kinda = kind of
The baby’s kinda cute.

lemme = let me

Lemme swim!

wanna = want to

I wanna go now.

wanna = want a
I wanna chair.

whatcha = what are you

Whatcha going to do?

whatcha = what have you

Whatcha got there?

ya = you

Who saw ya?
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