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American English Reductions - Sorta

In this lesson you will learn the American English reduction sorta.
Reductions: "sorta"
  • This American English reduction is formed when you combine and reduce the following words.
  • sorta = sort + of
  • This American English reduction is used in the following way.
  • What sorta book are you looking for?
  • This American English reduction has the following meaning.
  • What sort of book are you looking for?
Examples: "sorta"
  • What sorta car are you planning to buy?
  • (Meaning: What sort of car are you planning to buy?)
  • She might be sorta crazy.
  • (Meaning: She might be sort of crazy.)
  • He might be sorta busy.
  • (Meaning: He might be sort of busy.)
  • What sorta girl are you looking for?
  • (Meaning: What sort of girl are you looking for?)
  • What sorta things do you think about at night?
  • (Meaning: What sort of things do you think about at night?)
From YOUR Teacher: Sorta

This American English reduction can be used in a variety of situations. For example you might ask someone who is sick if they are feeling better now.

Howie: Hey Sandy are you feeling better now?
Sandy: Sorta. (meaning yes but not totally better)
Note: Reductions

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