Shoulda
 
 
 
 
American English Reductions - Shoulda

In this lesson you will learn the American English reduction shoulda.
Reductions: "shoulda"
  • This American English reduction is formed when you combine and reduce the following words.
  • shoulda = should + have
  • This American English reduction is used in the following way.
  • You really shoulda come with us.
  • This American English reduction has the following meaning.
  • You really should have come with us.
Examples: "shoulda"
  • I shoulda bought everything on the shelf.
  • (Meaning: I should have bought everything on the shelf.)
  • She shoulda known there would not be enough food for the entire team.
  • (Meaning: She should have known there would not be enough food for the entire team.)
  • He shoulda thought before he spoke.
  • (Meaning: He should have thought before he spoke.)
  • I shoulda come over last night.
  • (Meaning: I should have come over last night.)
  • They shoulda practiced more.
  • (Meaning: They should have practiced more.)
From YOUR Teacher: Shoulda

Shoulda is used when talking about a past action which in retrospect was a good choice. Notice in the following video the American English reductions shoulda, woulda, and coulda are all used.
 
Note: Reductions

Remember the following:
  • Reductions are reduced forms of English words.
  • Reductions, such as shoulda 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: Hinder "Shoulda"
 
Lyrics: Hinder "Shoulda"
Before I hung up the phone all I could hear
Was the dial tone ring in my ear
If I could go back in time
I'd say those three words
I shoulda woulda coulda said it back to you
And this can't be saved if you can't be found
You hung up and left me for dead on the ground
You didn't even say goodbye
I shoulda woulda coulda said it back to you
I shoulda woulda coulda said it back to you

Now that you're gone I'm wasting away
The life has been siphoned right out of my veins
If I could go back in time
I'd say those three words
I shoulda woulda coulda said it back to you
And this can't be saved if you can't be found
You hung up and left me for dead on the ground
You didn't even say goodbye
I shoulda woulda coulda said it back to you
I shoulda woulda coulda said it back to you

When you said those three words
I kinda freaked out
When you said them first my jaw hit the ground
I shoulda woulda coulda said it back to you
And this can't be saved if you can't be found
You hung up and left me for dead on the ground
You didn't even say goodbye
And this can't be saved
And this can't be saved
If you can't be found
If you can't be found
I shoulda woulda coulda said it back to you
I shoulda woulda coulda said it back to you
 
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