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hafta and hasta
American English Reductions "hafta" and "hasta"

Today in the Fun Easy English classroom you are going to learn "hafta" and "hasta" which are American English reductions.
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Reductions: "hafta"

American English reductions are reduced forms of English words.
  • This American English reduction is formed when you combine and reduce the following words.
  • hafta = have + to
  • This American English reduction is used in the following way.
  • I hafta work overtime tonight.
  • This American English reduction has the following meaning.
  • I have to work overtime tonight.
Examples: "hafta" (reading and reductions)
  • Do you hafta be so crazy all the time?
  • (Meaning: Why can't you act normally?)
  • What do you hafta do today?
  • (Meaning: What are you required to do today?)
  • Why do you hafta go there?
  • (Meaning: Why are you required to go there?)
  • You hafta pay for your food.
  • (Meaning: You must pay for your food.)
  • They hafta travel to Buffalo, New York today.
  • (Meaning: They are required to travel to Buffalo, New York today.)
Note: Hafta can be used with singular or plural pronouns like I, you, we, and they. Hafta cannot be used with the singular pronouns he and she. Hafta can be used for interrogative (question) sentences.
 
From YOUR Teacher: Hafta

This American English reduction is used often in everyday conversation.
Reductions: "hasta"

American English reductions are reduced forms of English words.
  • 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.
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.
 
Examples: "hasta" (reading and reductions)
  • 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?)
 
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 whatsiz and whatser 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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