Common Informal Contractions in English 1

Common Informal Contractions in English

Informal contractions are short forms of other words that people use when speaking casually. They are not exactly slang, but they are a little like slang. For example, “gonna” is a short form of “going to“. If you say going to very fast, without carefully pronouncing each word, it can sound like gonna.

Common Informal Contractions in English 2

1. Ain’t = Am not/are not/is not
E.g. I ain’t sure.

2. Ain’t = Has not/have not
E.g. He ain’t finished yet.

3. Wanna = Want to
E.g. I wanna go home.

4. Wanna = Want a
E.g. I wanna coffee.

5. Whatcha = What have you
E.g. Whatcha got there?

6. Kinda = Kind of
E.g. She’s kinda cute.

7. Sorta = Sort of
E.g. I’m sorta tired

8. Outta = Out of
E.g. I’m outta money.

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Common Informal Contractions in English 3

  • Give me – gimme – Gimme five minutes.
  • Let me – lemme – Lemme see it!
  • Tell them – tellem – Tellem I’ll be there soon.
  • Don’t know – dunno – I dunno what time it is.
  • Got a – gotta – I gotta new job.
  • Come on – c’mon – C’mon! We don’t want to be late!
  • Some more – s’more – Can I have s’more water?

Common Informal Contractions in English 4

  • Should have – shoulda – I shoulda called yesterday.
  • Could have – coulda – She coulda been here by 1:00.
  • Would have – woulda – He woulda arrived earlier, but the train was late.
  • Might have – mighta – You mighta left the bag at the airport.
  • Must have – musta – You musta been in a hurry.
  • Couldn’t have – couldna -I couldna called because my phone was broken.
  • Shouldn’t have – shouldna – She shouldna told you that.
  • Wouldn’t have – wouldna – Nick wouldna known about the meeting.
  • Don’t you – dontcha – Dontcha like the movie?
  • Didn’t you – didntcha – Didntcha like the movie?
  • Won’t you – wontcha  – Wontcha drive the car?
  • What are you – whatcha or watcha – Whatcha doing?
  • Got you – gotcha – I gotcha!
  • Bet you – betcha – Betcha can’t guess the answer!
  • KInd of – kinda – I kinda like her.
  • Out of – outta – The printer is outta paper.
  • Cup of – cuppa – I need a cuppa coffee.
  • Sort of – sorta – I sorta need that book.
  • A lot of – a lotta – I have a lotta homework tonight.
  • Got to – gotta – I gotta buy a new car.
  • Going to – gonna – She is gonna be there today.
  • Need to – needa – I needa go shopping soon.
  • Want to – wanna – I wanna blue car.
  • Have to – hafta – I hafta save some money.
  • Has to – hasta – Tim hasta work today.
  • Ought to – oughta – She oughta work two jobs.