Some Slang Contractions

2013/07/06

If you have ever seen or heard words like " gonna " or " wanna " and were curious what they meant then you are not alone.  If you looked in a dictionary and could not find them, the reason for this is that these words are informal ways of contracting words.

They are slang and therefore we do not use them in technically correct English, and we rarely use them in writing.  English speakers tend to use these expressions when they are talking with friends or family in informal situations.


1. GIMME = give me       * Gimme your money now.
                                  * Don't gimme those lies.
                                  * Can you gimme a hand ?

2. GONNA = going to        * Nothing's gonna change my love for you.
                                   * I'm not gonna tell you.
                                   * What are you gonna do ?

3. GOTTA = (have) got a     * I('ve) gotta gun.
                                     * She hasn't gotta dollar.
                                    * Have you gotta car ?

3'. GOTTA = (have) got to     * I've gotta go now.
                                        * I gotta leave now.
                                        * We haven't gotta do that homework.
                                        * Have they gotta work now ?

4. AIN'T IT = isn't it      * That's smart, ain't it ?
                                   * Aint it strange ?

5. KINDA = kind of        * She's kinda pretty.
                                  * Are you kinda angry at me ?

6. LEMME = let me         * Lemme go !
                                  * He didn't lemme see it.

7. WANNA = want to       * I wanna go back to school.
                                 * I don't wanna go there.
                                 * Do you wanna watch a DVD ?                          (J.F)


お役立ち英会話表現 その101
contraction             短縮形 
you are not alone       あなただけではない(皆そうだ)
look in a dictionary     辞書で調べる
technically correct English    正式な英語
rarely use them         めったに使わない

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