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Contracting: MODAL VERBS + HAVE – Example Sentences

Peter Smissen January 27, 2019
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Contracting: MODAL VERBS + NOT + HAVE

Alright. So, now let’s do some example sentences, but just remember even if you can contract MODAL VERBS like WOULD and WILL onto the previous one (word), it’s going to sound a bit weird if you contract it all together with all those words, right? You’re not going to hear: ‘I’dn’t’ve’ or ‘He’lln’t’ve’. You’re never going to hear that. You’re going to hear ‘won’t’ve’ or ‘won’t’ah’, ‘wouldn’t’ve’ or ‘wouldn’t’ah’. Okay?

Note: ‘wouldn’t’ve’ and ‘won’t’ve’ will usually be written as ‘would’n’t have’ and ‘won’t have’. Also, ‘won’t’ah’ and ‘wouldn’t’ah’ are just written this way here to show you the pronunciation.

I must not have noticed – I musn’t’ve noticed.
ɑe mɐst nɔt hæv ˈnəʉtɪst – ɑe mɐs(t)n[t]‿ə(v)‿ˈnəʉtɪst

You will not have seen us – You won’t’ve seen us.
jʉː wɪl nɔt hæv siːn ɐs – jʉː wəʉn[t]‿ə(v)‿siːn‿ɐs

He should not have asked that – He shouldn’t’ve asked that.
hiː ʃʊd nɔt hæv ɐːskt ðæt – hiː ʃʊdn[t]‿əv‿ɐːs(k)[t]‿ðæt

She could not have been here – She couldn’t’ve been here.
ʃiː kʊd nɔt hæv biːn ðeː – ʃiː kʊdn[t]‿ə(v)‿biːn ðeː

We shall not have arrived – We shan’t’ve arrived.
wiː ʃæl nɔt hæv əˈrɑevd – wiː ʃæn[t]‿əv‿əˈrɑevd

They might not have applied – They mightn’t’ve applied.
ðæɪ mɑe[t]‿nɔt hæv‿əˈplɑed – ðæɪ mɑe[t]n[t]‿əv‿əˈplɑed

It would not have mattered – It wouldn’t’ve mattered.
ɪt wʊd nɔt hæv ˈmæɽəd – ɪ[t] wʊdn[t]‿ə(v)‿ˈmæɽəd

So, remember, a few notes. ‘T’s’ can often be muted. So, you’re going to hear: ‘wouldn'[t]’ah’ instead of ‘wouldn’t’ah’.

And another thing is that that ‘V’ can be said or it can be left out depending on the next word. The ‘V’ is often said if the word is starting with a vowel: ‘Wouldn’t’ve‿opened’. But, if there’s a word starting with a consonant, quite often the ‘V’ disappears and it’ll just sound like: ‘Wouldn’t’ah‿done’. Okay?