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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.
Reductions In Music and TV


The Pussycat Dolls - Don't Cha ft. Busta Rhymes

The Pussycat Dolls are an American girl group and dance ensemble, founded in Los Angeles, California, by choreographer Robin Antin in 1995 as a burlesque troupe. At the suggestion of Jimmy Iovine, Antin decided to take the burlesque troupe mainstream as a pop group.[2] Antin negotiated a record deal with Interscope Geffen A&M Records in 2003 turning the group into a music franchise comprising Nicole Scherzinger, Carmit Bachar, Ashley Roberts, Jessica Sutta, Melody Thornton, and Kimberly Wyatt. Their debut single, "Sway", was featured on the soundtrack of the 2004 film Shall We Dance?

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

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Lyrics

Ayo, what the fuck you think a record
'Bout Pussycat Dolls featurin' Busta Rhymes is gon' sound like?
Okay (Ahh), yeah (Ahh)
Oh, we about to get it
Just a lil' hot and sweaty in this motherfucker (Ooh, baby)
Ladies, let's go (Uhh), soldiers, let's go (Dolls)
Let me talk to y'all and just, you know
Give you a little situation... listen (Fellas)
You see this shit get hot, every time I come through
When I step up in the spot (Are you ready?)
Make the place sizzle like a summertime cookout
Prowl for the best chick, yes, I'm on the lookout (Let's dance)
Slow bangin' shorty like a belly dancer with it
Smell good, pretty skin, so gangsta with it (Ooh, baby)
No tricks, only diamonds under my sleeve
Gimme the number, but make sure you call before you leave
I know you like me (I know you like me)
I know you do (I know you do)
That's why whenever I come around, she's all over you
And I know you want it (I know you want it)
It's easy to see (It's easy to see)
And in the back of your mind
I know you should be fuckin' with me (Ahh)
Doncha wish your girlfriend was hot like me?
Doncha wish your girlfriend was a freak like me?
Doncha? Doncha?
Doncha wish your girlfriend was raw like me?
Doncha wish your girlfriend was fun like me?
Doncha? (Ah-ah-ah) Doncha?
Fight the feeling (Fight the feeling)
Leave it alone (Leave it alone)
'Cause if it ain't love
It just ain't enough to leave a happy home (Uh-uh, uh-uh)
Let's keep it friendly (Let's keep it friendly)
You have to play fair (You have to play fair, yeah)
See, I don't care
But I know, she ain't gon' wanna share (Ah, ah-ah)
Doncha wish your girlfriend was hot like me? (Oh)
Doncha wish your girlfriend was a freak like me? (Like me)
Doncha? Doncha, baby?
Doncha? Alright, sing
Doncha wish your girlfriend was raw like me? (Raw)
Doncha wish your girlfriend was fun like me? (Big fun)
Doncha? (Ah-ah-ah) Doncha?
(Okay, I see how it's goin' down
Seem like shorty wanna little ménage pop off or somethin'
Let's go)
 
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Barry: No, I don’t have any hobbies. How about you?

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  • Meaning is only.
Source: U.S. State Department
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