Learn how to reduce the sounds of For and From when you speak to sound much more natural in this very short English Express episode. English Express is a podcast from English Plus Podcast Network.
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Welcome to a new English Express episode. In this episode, we will talk about the special way we can pronounce or and from actually we’ll talk about the reduced pronunciation of these two words, especially when they come in the middle of a sentence, you can find the transcript on my website English plus podcast.com. And better yet, if you are a patron, you will get exclusive Episodes Series and resources to take your English and learning to the next level. You can find the links in the description of the episode. And now without further ado, let’s talk about the reduced forms of for and from.
So what’s the big deal about four? And from why can’t we just say it four and from? It’s easy, right? Yes, it is. Obviously it is very easy to say four and from and there’s nothing wrong about that. But usually when four and from are not at the end of the sentence, their pronunciation is reduced. I will give you an example. What if you say something like this is for you? Well, have you ever heard anybody saying that before this is for you? Nobody stresses the for the full for if it comes in the middle of a sentence. Usually people go like this is for you. This is for you. So it’s not for unless it’s at the end of the sentence, which is a different story. I’ll give you an example in a minute. But first, let’s focus on the reduced form. This is for you. It’s for my friend. It’s for my friend. Of course you don’t stop you don’t stop. It’s you don’t say something like it’s for and stop. No, you should liaise it you should connect the pronunciation together to make it sound natural. If you say it’s for my friend is gonna sound awkward. It’s gonna sound strange. But if you say it’s from my friend, it’s from my friend. You see, I linked it together. That’s how it sounds natural. It’s from my friend, a table for four please, a table for 444. Now, of course, have you ever heard anybody saying a table for four? What is four? Four? Are you talking about 44? No, a table for four please. We planned it for later for later. Not for later. For example. For instance, we use for example, a lot. But we don’t say for example, or for instance, we don’t use the old a lot here because it is reduced. But I’ll give you an example when for is not reduced. If it comes at the end of a question. For example, you can say what is this floor? Or what did you do it for? Or who did you get it for? Now here? Because for is that the end of the question. We don’t usually reduce it, we pronounce it fully. We say What is this for? Not? What is this for? Now? This would be strange. If you say What is this for? And stop? That will be strange, right? Because remember, anything that we reduce whether just like we talked about to last week, and for today, and we’ll just talking about from in a minute we do this reduction thing when we have the sound connected with something else not standing alone on its own. And of course there’s another exception when you want to stress for or from for some reason you might have so that was about four. What about from? Don’t we say from? No, not at all, especially if it is in the middle of a sentence or a question obviously, for example, if we say it’s from the IRS, do we say it’s from the IRS? Nobody says that? I’m from Arkansas, it’s okay. Of course it’s definitely correct and people will definitely understand what you’re saying. But if you want to take your pronunciation to the next level, you will need to start reducing those small words mostly prepositions, but not only prepositions, as you will see when we talk about it in the weeks to come. So here instead of saying it’s from or from the IRS, you simply say it’s from the IRS. It’s from it’s from but again, don’t stop here. Don’t just say it’s from and stop. It’s from the IRS. I’m from Arkansas. I’m from I’m from Arkansas. There’s a call from Bob from Bob, not from Bob. There’s a call from Bob, this letters from Alaska. But again, remember if it comes at the end of a question, especially a question Even or even a sentence, you can pronounce it in its full form. For example, you can say Who is it from? Or where are you from? Not Where are you from? You don’t say where are you from? Or who is it from? No, of course not. When it comes at the end of a question or at the end of a sentence, you can pronounce it or you should actually pronounce it in its full form. So that was about four and from in there reduced forms. And that was everything I wanted to share with you in today’s English Express episode. Don’t forget to visit my website English plus podcast comm and check on the great learning opportunities you can find there there is the activity center with daily fun activities, quizzes and logic and math puzzles. And if you decide to become a patron on Patreon, there’s a lot more available only to patrons like the exclusive audio series, the English plus magazine, the private discussion group and much more. All the links you need are in the description of the episode. So what are you waiting for? Take your English and learning to the next level and never stop learning with English plus podcast.com. Thank you very much for listening to this episode. This is your host Danny I will see you next time.
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