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American English Reduction "doncha"

Today in the Fun Easy English classroom you are going to learn "doncha" an American English reduction.
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Reductions: "doncha"

American English reductions are reduced forms of English words.
  • This American English reduction is formed when you combine and reduce the following words.
  • doncha = don't + you
  • This American English reduction is used in the following way.
  • Doncha think that exam was hard?
  • This American English reduction has the following meaning.
  • Don't you think that exam was hard?
Examples: "doncha"
  • Why doncha shut up.
  • (Meaning: Please be quiet.)
  • Doncha wanna go to the game today?
  • (Meaning: Don't you want to go to the game today?)
  • Doncha think you should turn off the TV and study?
  • (Meaning: Don't you think you should turn off the television and study?)
  • Doncha think she is the sexiest girl in class?
  • (Meaning: Don't you think she is the sexiest girl in class?)
  • Doncha want to eat your dessert?
  • (Meaning: Don't you want to eat your dessert?)
From YOUR Teacher: Doncha

This is an American English reduction which is used in a variety of situations.
Note: Reductions

Remember the following:
  • Reductions are reduced forms of English words.
  • Reductions, such as doncha 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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  • Conversation Lesson - Beginner Level. Dialogs for everyday use. Short situational dialogs for students of English as a Foreign (EFL) or Second (ESL) Language with a written conversation and a conversation notes section.
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(Beginner - Conversation, Reading)

Dialogs for everyday use. Short situational dialogs for students of English as a Foreign (EFL) or Second (ESL) Language.
Pastimes

Roger: What do you do in your spare time?

Barry: Oh, nothing special. I read… watch TV… go to the movies.

Roger: Don’t you have any hobbies, like stamp collecting or things like that?

Barry: No, I don’t have any hobbies. How about you?

Roger: I have just one—photography. It’s expensive, but it’s a lot of fun.
Conversation Notes
  • spare time
  • Meaning is leisure; extra time; free time.
  • nothing special
  • Meaning is no particular thing. I read. . . watch TV ... go to the movies. Notice the rising intonation on the first two elements of the series.
  • stamp collecting
  • A compound noun. Therefore the principal stress falls on the first word.
  • How about you
  • Meaning is do you have any hobbies? This question How about you? has the effect of directing the original question back to the other speaker.
  • just
  • Meaning is only.
Source: U.S. State Department
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