Episode 09 Pronunciation and Accent - Reduced Forms of For and From
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Welcome to a new English Express episode. In this episode, we will talk about the special way we can pronounce for and from actually, we'll talk about the reduced pronunciation of these two words, especially when they come in the middle of a sentence. You can find the transcript on my website, englishpluspodcast.com.

You can find the links in the description of the episode. And now, without further ado, let's talk about the reduced forms of for and from.

So what's the big deal about four and from? Why can't we just say it for and from? It's easy, right? Yes, it is. Obviously, it is very easy to say for and from, and there's nothing wrong about that. But usually when for and from are not at the end of the sentence, their pronunciation is reduced. I will give you an example.

What if you say something like this is for you? Well, have you ever heard anybody saying that before? This is for you. Nobody stresses the for, the full for, if it comes in the middle of a sentence. Usually people go like, this is for you. This is FR you. So it's not for, unless it's at the end of the sentence, which is a different story.

I'll give you an example in a minute, but first, let's focus on the reduced form. This is for you. It's for my friend. It's FR my friend. Of course you don't stop. You don't stop. It's, you don't say something like it's FR and stop. No, you should liaise it. You should connect the pronunciation together to make it sound natural.

If you say it's FR, my friend, it's gonna sound awkward. It's gonna sound strange, but if you say It's for my friend, it's FR my friend. You see, I linked it together. That's how it sounds natural. It's for my friend. A table for four, please. A table for four. for four. Now of course, have you ever heard anybody saying a table 4 four. What is 4 for? Are you talking about 44? No. A table for four, please. We planned it for later. FR later. Not for later. For example. For instance, we use, for example a lot, but we don't say for example, or for instance, we don't use the o a lot here because it is reduced. But I'll give you an example.

When for is not reduced, if it comes at the end of a question, for example, you can say, what is this for? Or what did you do it for? Or who did you get it for? Now here, because for is at the end of the question, we don't usually reduce it. We pronounce it fully. We say, what is this for? Not, what is this FR?

Now this would be strange if you say, what is this FR and stop. That would be strange, right? Because remember, anything that we reduce, whether. We talked about to last week and for today, and we'll just talk about from in a minute, we do this reduction thing when we have this sound connected with something else, not standing alone on its own.

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