Oughta
 
 
 
 
American English Reductions - Oughta

In this lesson you will learn the American English reduction oughta.
Reductions: "oughta"
  • This American English reduction is formed when you combine and reduce the following words.
  • oughta = ought + to
  • This American English reduction is used in the following way.
  • You oughta find a better job.
  • This American English reduction has the following meaning.
  • You ought to find a better job.
  • (Meaning: You should find a better job.)
Examples: "oughta" (reading and reductions)
  • I oughta get going.
  • (Meaning: I should leave now.)
  • We oughta go before it begins raining.
  • (Meaning: We should go before it begins raining.)
  • They oughta change the team uniforms.
  • (Meaning: They should change the team uniforms.)
  • She oughta study for the college entrance test.
  • (Meaning: She should study for the college entrance test.)
  • He oughta think before speaking.
  • (Meaning: He should think before speaking.)
From YOUR Teacher: Oughta

Yeah this is kind of a strange reduction but it is used a lot in English conversations.
We oughta get going.
You oughta eat something before you leave.
Note: Reductions

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


Alanis Morissette - You Oughta Know

Songwriters: Alanis Morissette / Glen Ballard
You Oughta Know lyrics © Universal Music Publishing Group, The Bicycle Music Company

Alanis Nadine Morissette (born June 1, 1974) is a Canadian–American singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, record producer, and actress. Known for her emotive mezzo-soprano voice, Morissette began her career in Canada in the early 1990s with two mildly successful dance-pop albums. Afterwards, as part of a recording deal, she moved to Holmby Hills, Los Angeles and in 1995 released Jagged Little Pill, a more rock-oriented album which sold more than 33 million copies globally and is her most critically acclaimed work. Her follow-up album, Supposed Former Infatuation Junkie, was released in 1998.

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

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Lyrics

I want you to know, that I am happy for you
I wish nothing but the best for you both
An older version of me
Is she perverted like me?
Would she go down on you in a theater?
Does she speak eloquently
And would she have your baby?
I'm sure she'd make a really excellent mother
'Cause the love that you gave that we made
Wasn't able to make it enough for you
To be open wide, no
And every time you speak her name
Does she know how you told me
You'd hold me until you died
'Til you died, but you're still alive
And I'm here, to remind you
Of the mess you left when you went away
It's not fair, to deny me
Of the cross I bear that you gave to me
You, you, you oughta know
You seem very well, things look peaceful
I'm not quite as well, I thought you should know
Did you forget about me, Mr. Duplicity?
I hate to bug you in the middle of dinner
It was a slap in the face
How quickly I was replaced
And are you thinking of me when you fuck her?
'Cause the love that you gave that we made
Wasn't able to make it enough for you
To be open wide, no
And every time you speak her name
Does she know how you told me
You'd hold me until you died
'Til you died, but you're still alive
And I'm here, to remind you
Of the mess you left when you went away
It's not fair, to deny me
Of the cross I bear that you gave to me
You, you, you oughta know
'Cause the joke that you laid in the bed
That was me and I'm not gonna fade
As soon as you close your eyes, and you know it
And every time I scratch my nails
Down someone else's back I hope you feel it
Well, can you feel it?
And I'm here, to remind you
Of the mess you left when you went away
It's not fair, to deny me
Of the cross I bear that you gave to me
You, you, you oughta know
Reduction Tips
Are You How You Talk?
(Beginner - Listening, reading)

A video lesson to help with your understanding of American dialects.
The English is spoken at 75% of normal speed.
Click here to visit the lesson page.
Are You How You Talk?
(Beginner - Listening)

An audio lesson to help with your understanding of American dialects. The English is spoken at 75% of normal speed. Click here to visit the lesson page with the written script for this audio program.
Improve Your Pronunciation by Training Your Ears
(Beginner - Listening)

An audio lesson to help with your pronunciation and English language reductions. The English is spoken at 75% of normal speed. Great English pronunciation tips. Click here to visit the lesson page with the written script for this audio program.
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