The colloquial "You could have"

Reply Sat 11 May, 2019 05:15 am

(From Harry Potter)
Mom: Beds empty, no note, car gone. You could have died. You could have been seen.


In the daily speaking, "You could have" doesn't sound to be pronounced word by word. It appears to be shortened to sound as what?

All I could think now is /yə kʊd.əv/

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Reply Sat 11 May, 2019 02:07 pm
"You" pronounced /yə/ at the beginning of the phrase is a more regional articulation. "You" would be generally pronounced formally and "could have" would be more likely to be combined as /kʊd.əv/ in more standard dialects.
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