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The colloquial "You could have"

 
 
Reply Sat 11 May, 2019 05:15 am

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

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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
@oristarA,
"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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