Hasta
 
 
 
 
American English Reductions - Hasta

In this lesson you will learn the American English reduction hasta.
Reductions: "hasta"
  • This American English reduction is formed when you combine and reduce the following words.
  • hasta = has + to
  • This American English reduction is used in the following way.
  • She hasta work this weekend.
  • This American English reduction has the following meaning.
  • She has to work this weekend.
Examples: "hasta"
  • He hasta quit drinking so much.
  • (Meaning: He should drink less alcoholic (implied) beverages.)
  • She hasta begin working at night.
  • (Meaning: She must begin a night work schedule.)
  • She hasta get her hair cut today.
  • (Meaning: She must get her hair cut today.)
  • He hasta apply for college today.
  • (Meaning: He must apply for college today.)
  • She hasta make breakfast now?
  • (Meaning: She must make breakfast now?)
Note: Hasta can be used with the singular pronouns he and she. Hasta cannot be used with singular or plural pronouns like I, you, we, and they. Hasta cannot be used for interrogative (question) sentences.
From YOUR Teacher: Hasta

Pronunciation of hasta closely follows has to and is not to be confused with the Spanish word hasta which means until.
Note: Reductions

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