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Contracting: MODAL VERBS + NOT + HAVE – Example Sentences


Contracting: MODAL VERBS + NOT + HAVE – Example Sentences

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, 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, WOULDN’T’VE. Okay?

I must not have noticed
ɑe mɐst nɔt hæv ˈnəʉtɪst

I musn’t’ve noticed.
ɑe mɐs(t)n[t]‿ə(v)‿ˈnəʉɽɪst

You will not have seen us
jʉː wɪl nɔt hæv siːn ɐs

You won’t’ve seen us.
jʉː wəʉn[t]‿ə(v)‿siːn‿ɐs

He should not have asked that
hiː ʃʊd nɔt hæv ɐːskt ðæt

He shouldn’t’ve asked that.
hiː ʃʊdn[t]‿əv‿ɐːs(k)[t]‿ðæt

She could not have been here
ʃiː kʊd nɔt hæv biːn ðeː

She couldn’t’ve been here.
ʃiː kʊdn[t]‿ə(v)‿biːn ðeː

We shall not have arrived
wiː ʃæl nɔt hæv əˈrɑevd

We shan’t’ve arrived.
wiː ʃæn[t]‿əv‿əˈrɑevd

They might not have applied
ðæɪ mɑe[t]‿nɔt hæv‿əˈplɑed

They mightn’t’ve applied.
ðæɪ mɑe[t]n[t]‿əv‿əˈplɑed

It would not have mattered
ɪt wʊd nɔt hæv ˈmæɽəd

It wouldn’t’ve mattered.
ɪ[t] wʊdn[t]‿ə(v)‿ˈmæɽəd

So, remember, a few notes:

T’s can often be muted, so you’re going to hear: wʊdn[t]‿ɐ(v) instead of wʊdnt‿ɐ(v).

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 there is a word starting with a vowel: wʊdn[t]‿ɐv‿əʉpənd.

But if there’s a word starting with a consonant, quite often the /v/ disappears and it’ll just sound like: wʊdn[t]‿ɐ(v)‿dɐn. Okay?