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Video: Dropping H Sounds

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American English speakers often drop the beginning "H" in pronouns.

  • he
  • his
  • her
  • him
  • them

For example:

  • Is 'e coming?
  • Tell 'er yes.
  • What's 'is name?
  • Give 'er my book.
  • Make 'em wait. 

American English speakers often drop the beginning "H" in helping verbs.

  • has
  • had
  • have

For example:

  • It's been done.
  • She'd called.
  • We should've gone.

These contractions are common in writing, too.

Contractions with "have" are more reduced by cutting off the last "V" sound.

  • should have > should’ve > shoulda
  • could have > could've > coulda
  • would have > would've > woulda
  • might have > might've > mighta
  • must have > must've > musta

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