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Is American English Sloppy?

Some people may argue that Americans have learned to be sloppy speakers because they aren’t very precise with their diction and reduce or eliminate sounds and words. But we often minimize/eliminate sounds logically and conveniently to create a smooth, natural flow of speech. Here is an example…

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Inserting Sounds in English

When we connect words in sentences, the endings of the words in the sentence sometimes change to create a smooth, natural flow. Here is an example of an insertion or the addition of a letter to create a fluid sound in English.

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Connecting Words in Sentences

When we connect words in sentences, the endings of each word in that sentence sometimes changes to create a fluid flow. They may become reduced (less pronounced), they may be moved to the next sound or another sound may be inserted into the sentence. Here is an example of the way ending sounds get moved to the next word.

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Reductions in English

Putting endings on words is important because they carry grammatical information and if not pronounced, the speaker may be misunderstood. But when we connect words in sentences, the endings of words sometimes change. They may become reduced (less pronounced), they may be moved to the next sound or another sound may be inserted to create a smooth, fluid flow. Here is an example of a reduction of a sound. Look at the sentence on your screen…

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