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American English Reductions - Lemme

In this lesson you will learn the American English reduction lemme.
Reductions: "lemme"
  • This American English reduction is formed when you combine and reduce the following words.
  • lemme = let + me
  • This American English reduction is used in the following way.
  • Please lemme go with you.
  • This American English reduction has the following meaning.
  • Please let me go with you.
Examples: "lemme"
  • Lemme know what you think.
  • (Meaning: Let me know what you think.)
  • Lemme know if you can come.
  • (Meaning: Let me know if you can come.)
  • Lemme think about your idea.
  • (Meaning: Let me think about your idea.)
  • Can you lemme know?
  • (Meaning: Can you let me know?)
  • Lemme talk with the president.
  • (Meaning: Let me talk with the president.)
From YOUR Teacher: Lemme

Another commonly used American English reduction.
Hey lemme know when you are finished.
Note: Reductions

Remember the following:
  • Reductions are reduced forms of English words.
  • Reductions, such as lemme 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.
 
Reductions in Music and TV
From YOUR Teacher: Enjoy Reductions

Hi again. What could be more fun than learning English language reductions from your favorite songs and TV shows? Listen to the way English speakers use reductions in the following videos. Enjoy.


Rihanna - Lemme Get That (Audio)

Songwriters: Shawn Carter / Timothy Mosley / T. Nash
Lemme Get That lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC, Warner/Chappell Music, Inc, Ole Media Management Lp

Robyn Rihanna Fenty (born 20 February 1988) is a Barbadian singer, songwriter, and actress. Born in Saint Michael, Barbados, and raised in Bridgetown, she was discovered by American record producer Evan Rogers in her home country of Barbados in 2003. Throughout 2004, she recorded demo tapes under the direction of Rogers and signed a recording contract with Def Jam Recordings after auditioning for its then-president, rapper and hip hop producer Jay-Z. In 2005, Rihanna rose to fame with the release of her debut studio album Music of the Sun as well as its follow-up A Girl like Me (2006). Both albums peaked within the top ten of the US Billboard 200 and respectively produced the successful singles "Pon de Replay", "SOS" and "Unfaithful".

This video is a good example of the usage of "lemme", and "wanna" English language reductions.

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Lyrics

I got a house, but I need new furniture,
Why spend mine when I could spend yours
The truth is I will love you the same
But why complain you buying Gucci babe
You might see me in the spot
Ya boy think I'm hot
So I came up in here to get what you got
I'm hot like the block
Ugh Huh you like that
Know you wanna bite that
Ugh Huh yea right there
They love the young girl
They wanna give it to me
Wish I was in a flick
And I ain't talking movies
If ya young, if ya hot girl
Shake what ya got girl
I keep 'em singing
Lemme hit that (Huh?)
(Justin What you got up in them jeans? Put it on me, or get lonely)
Lemme get that (Huh?)
(Rihanna You know, 5 car garages, name on your bank account, all day massages)
Lemme hit that (Huh?)
(Justin I wanna put it on blast)
Lemme get that (Huh?)
(Rihanna Better slow down, for I make you crash boy)
Got what you want
Baby got what you need,
But we can't proceed
Unless you got that for me
I got a house, but I need new furniture,
Why spend mine when I could spend yours
The truth is I will love you the same
But why complain you buying Gucci babe
I'm a put you on the spot
Keep the sheet in knots
I bought me a Benz,
You buy me the yacht
A girl need a lot,
The girl need some stocks
Bonds is what I got, bonds is what I got (ya get it?)
They love the young girl
They wanna give it to me
Wish I was in a flick,
And I ain't talking movies
If ya young, if ya hot girl
Shake what ya got girl
I keep em singing
I got a house, but I need new furniture,
Why spend mine when I could spend yours
The truth is I will love you the same
But why complain you buying Gucci babe
Oh, oh, oh
Boy I know you want my love
Oh, oh, oh
Nothing is free in this world
Oh, oh, oh
Unless my love is your love
Oh, oh, oh
I'm not a gold digger
I got a house, but I need new furniture,
Why spend mine when I could spend yours
The truth is I will love you the same
But why complain you buying Gucci babe
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