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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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