Don’t mind me, just being an 18 year old native English speaker and only noticing now that you can contract “You are not” two different ways.
- “You aren’t.”
- “You’re not.”
You can also do it with is and had with all pronouns!
- “It isn’t.”
- “It’s not.”
- “He hadn’t.”
- “He’d not.”
Poor EFL students…
And then you have the way most of us (at least here in the Midwest) actually say these things. For example: “He would not.” Can be written as “he’d not” or “he wouldn’t.” Usually comes out sounding like “he’dn’t.” And then you can throw a “have” in there. ”He would not have.” Usually sounds something like “he wouldn’t’ve” or “he’dn’t’ve.” Sometimes I don’t know how anyone actually understands native English speakers when we talk except other native English speakers. But only ones from the same dialectical region, because sometimes we can’t even understand each other across dialects, even when hardly anything has changed.
And this is why I have the utmost respect for people trying to learn this ridiculous language.
Seriously, native speakers don’t realize that on a difficulty scale of 1 to 10, English is fuck you.
Via C.S.'s Blog of Awesome