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American English Reductions - Mighta

In this lesson you will learn the American English reduction mighta.
Reductions: "mighta"
  • This American English reduction is formed when you combine and reduce the following words.
  • mighta = might + have
  • This American English reduction is used in the following way.
  • I mighta gone to the party if she wasn't going.
  • This American English reduction has the following meaning.
  • I might have gone to the party if she wasn't going.
Examples: "mighta"
  • I mighta liked this class more if a different teacher was teaching.
  • (Meaning: I might have liked this class more if a different teacher was teaching.)
  • Do you think she mighta said something wrong?
  • (Meaning: Do you think she might have said something wrong?)
  • Do you think he mighta drank too much last night?
  • (Meaning: Do you think he might have drank too much last night?)
  • I mighta gone out with you if I was not working last night.
  • (Meaning: I might have gone out with you if I was not working last night.)
  • They mighta joined the group if it was not so expensive.
  • (Meaning: They might have joined the group if it was not so expensive.)
From YOUR Teacher: Mighta

Mighta is used to indicate a past action which was not completed.
 
Note: Reductions

Remember the following:
  • Reductions are reduced forms of English words.
  • Reductions, such as mighta 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.
Test: Reductions "mighta"

Study the information above. In the test questions below choose which sentence correctly uses the reduction mighta.
1.  Which sentence is correct?

     a.  I mighta gone if you pay for the ticket.
     b.  I mighta gone if you had paid for the ticket.
2.  Which sentence is correct?

     a.  Hey you mighta won if you had practiced more.
     b.  Hey you mighta won if you begin practicing more.
3.  Which sentence is correct?

     a.  They mighta be going to the store.
     b.  They mighta gone to the store.
4.  Which sentence is correct?

     a.  If you thought you mighta gone then why did you stay home?
     b.  If you thought you mighta go then why did you stay home?
5.  Which sentence is correct?

     a.  Keeping your mouth shut mighta been a good idea.
     b.  Keeping your mouth shut mighta be a good idea.
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