Woulda
 
 
 
 
American English Reductions - Woulda

In this lesson you will learn the American English reduction woulda.
Reductions: "woulda"
  • This American English reduction is formed when you combine and reduce the following words.
  • woulda = would + have
  • This American English reduction is used in the following way.
  • I woulda come if I wasn't working.
  • This American English reduction has the following meaning.
  • I would have come if I wasn't working.
Examples: "woulda"
  • I woulda thought this would be a little cheaper.
  • (Meaning: I would have thought this would be a little cheaper.)
  • She woulda looked a lot better with a different hair color.
  • (Meaning: She would have looked a lot better with a different hair color.)
  • He woulda made it to work on time if he did not stay out late last night.
  • (Meaning: He would have made it to work on time if he did not stay out late last night.)
  • I woulda asked her out on a date if I knew her phone number.
  • (Meaning: I would have asked her out on a date if I knew her phone number.)
  • They woulda liked this restaurant more if the food was less spicy.
  • (Meaning: They would have liked this restaurant more if the food was less spicy.)
From YOUR Teacher: Woulda

Woulda is generally used to indicate an action which could not be completed due to some other reason. Note the following video also contains the American English reductions shoulda, coulda, gonna, and gotta.
 
Note: Reductions

Remember the following:
  • Reductions are reduced forms of English words.
  • Reductions, such as woulda 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: Beverley Knight "Shoulda Woulda Coulda"
 
Lyrics: Beverley Knight "Shoulda Woulda Coulda"
 People say that together we were both sides of the same coin
That we would shine like Venus in a clear night sky
We thought our love could overcome the circumstances
But my ambition wouldn't allow for compromise

I could see in the distance all the dreams that were clear to me
Every choice that I had to make left you on your own
Somehow the road we started down had split asunder
Too late to realize how far apart we'd grown.
How I wish I, wish I'd done a little bit more

Now " Shoulda woulda coulda," means I'm out of time
Coz "Shoulda woulda coulda", can't change your mind
And I wonder, wonder, wonder what I'm gonna do
"Shoulda woulda coulda" are the last words of a fool

People ask how it feels to live the kind of life others dream about
I tell them everybody gotta face their highs and their lows
And in my life there's a love I put aside, cause I was busy loving something else
So for every little thing you hold on to, you've got to let something else go

[Chorus]

Fool if I would now forsake the opportunities are fate
I know I'm right where I belong
But sometimes when I'm not so strong I..

[Chorus (x2)]
 
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