Coulda
 
 
 
 
American English Reductions - Coulda

In this lesson you will learn the American English reduction coulda.
Reductions: "coulda"
  • This American English reduction is formed when you combine and reduce the following words.
  • coulda = could + have
  • This American English reduction is used in the following way.
  • I coulda eaten one more cookie.
  • This American English reduction has the following meaning.
  • I could have eaten one more cookie.
Examples: "coulda" (reading and reductions)
  • I coulda been a contender.
  • (Meaning: I could have been a contender.)
  • She coulda been a little nicer.
  • (Meaning: She could have been a little nicer.)
  • He coulda been a bit quieter.
  • (Meaning: He could have been a bit quieter.)
  • I coulda spent another week with that girl.
  • (Meaning: I could have spent another week with that girl.)
  • They coulda won the game if the other quarterback was playing.
  • (Meaning: They could have won the game if the other quarterback was playing.)
From YOUR Teacher: Coulda

Coulda is used quite often in normal conversation especially among kids.
Note: Reductions

Remember the following:
  • Reductions are reduced forms of English words.
  • Reductions, such as coulda are not real words in English.
  • You need to use reductions in order to sound more natural.
  • You need to know reductions in order to understand conversations between native English speakers.
  • Reductions are used extensively in American TV, movies, music, literature, and in conversations among native English speakers.
 
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