Musta
 
 
 
 
American English Reductions - Musta

In this lesson you will learn the American English reduction musta.
Reductions: "musta"
  • This American English reduction is formed when you combine and reduce the following words.
  • musta = must + have
  • This American English reduction is used in the following way.
  • She musta been really tired after working so many hours.
  • This American English reduction has the following meaning.
  • She must have been really tired after working so many hours.
Examples: "musta"
  • I musta been crazy to drink all that whiskey last night.
  • (Meaning: I must have been crazy to drink all that whiskey last night.)
  • She musta tried to call at least 8 times.
  • (Meaning: She must have tried to call at least 8 times.)
  • He musta been tired from staying up until the next morning.
  • (Meaning: He must have been tired from staying up until the next morning.)
  • I musta thought about her a million times this year.
  • (Meaning: I must have thought about her a million times this year.)
  • They musta been disappointed about not making it to the playoffs this year.
  • (Meaning: They must have been disappointed about not making it to the playoffs this year.)
From YOUR Teacher: Musta

Musta is used when talking about a past action.
 
Note: Reductions

Remember the following:
  • Reductions are reduced forms of English words.
  • Reductions, such as musta 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.
Video: Parmalee "Musta Had A Good Time"
 
Lyrics: Parmalee "Musta Had A Good Time"
Hey, y'all, is that my dog up on the roof?
And, good God, why's my car out in the pool?
All I 'member was a phone call, now the party's on
Somebody knockin' at my door

And I don't know what the hell went on round here last night...

Now I'm picking up beer cans, what a mess,
Oh Man, who's that passed out in the yard?
All that's left in the fire pit's one of my lawn chairs
And a piece of siding off my barn
Somebody doin donuts musta hit the mailbox
Cause it's laying out there in the road
There's a flood in the bathroom
A hog in kitchen, a dude on my couch with a bloody nose

And I don't know what the hell went on round here last night,
But we musta had a good time

Hey y'all why's my bed not in my room?
And, good God, how did my face get black and blue?
All I remember was a bring it on, a pour it strong,
And the girls all getting down!

Now I'm picking up beer cans, what a mess, Oh Man,
Who's that passed out in the yard?
All that's left in the fire pit's one of my lawn chairs
And a piece of siding off my barn
I guess we used the table top for a game of beer pong
And the back porch for a dance floor
Somebody took a shower rod, turned into a strip pole
Man, there's a hole punched through my door!

Now I don't know what the hell went on round here last night,
But we musta had a good time!

I sure could use a cold one, right about now...

Cause I'm picking up beer cans,
Oh Man, somebody's passed out in the yard?
All that's left in the fire pit's one of my lawn chairs
And a piece of siding off my barn
Somebody doin donuts musta hit the mailbox
Cause it's laying out there in the road
There's a flood in the bathroom
A hog in kitchen, a dude on my couch with a bloody nose
I guess we used the table top for a game of beer pong
And the back porch for a dance floor
Somebody took a shower rod, turned into a strip pole
Man, there's a hole punched through my door!

I don't know what the hell went on round here last night
I don't know what the hell went on round here last night
But, we musta had a good time!

Heh, heh, heh... yeah we musta had a good time!
We SHORE had a good time!
We always have a good time!
 
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