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  • Hi. It's Day 13.

  • I'm sure you know that in English

  • we can't have double negatives.

  • So it's wrong to say, "I don't see nobody."

  • We should say, "I don't see anybody."

  • In fast speech, we can have relaxed sounds,

  • but the grammar should still remain standard.

  • English with Jennifer

  • You heard me use some common contractions:

  • I'm / can't / it's

  • Contractions are definitely used in fast speech,

  • so be prepared to hear all the usual ones.

  • But you'll also need to get used to hearing

  • common contractions that we just say, but don't write.

  • For example, shorter forms with the verb ARE.

  • Look at two examples of standard contractions

  • used in both spoken and written English.

  • they're / aren't

  • Now look at two examples of contractions often used in spoken English.

  • So you won't find these forms in most dictionaries.

  • "What are" and "there are" can both contract.

  • How do these forms sound?

  • I'll tell you.

  • In fast speech ARE can sound like "er."

  • There are some rules.

  • What are the rules?

  • Here are some tips.

  • Look at these examples.

  • Each one has the verb ARE.

  • As I read them fast, listen closely,

  • and you'll hear me change ARE to a very weak 'RE.

  • Listen closely.

  • I'll say a sentence or phrase.

  • You try to understand.

  • That's all for now.

  • Thanks for watching and happy studies.

Hi. It's Day 13.

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