The idea came about when my wife was pregnant with our son and having to endure her own labor pains. It was late at night and I was becoming frustrated because I would have stop, fumble for paper and pen while squinting in the dark at the clock just to keep a running log of my wife's contractions. Even though the process would only take a minute, minutes feel like hours when your wife is in pain and you want to be at her side offering support. It was that night that I thought maybe I could make the process of timing contractions easier, thereby freeing up more of my time to be by my wife's side.
So, I am. I’m. I’m. You are. This can be ‘your’ or, better yet, let’s reduce it, ‘yer’. Notice how quick it is. When we reduce it, it’s going to be very, very fast, and it must be linked to the next word. ‘We are’ can be ‘we’re’, or ‘we’re’, or, better yet, wur, wur. Reduced. ‘They are’ can be ‘they’re’, or, reduced, thur. He is, she is, it is. This will be come he’s, she’s, it’s. Notice that the S in ‘it’s’ is pronounced as an S sound, unvoiced. That’s because the sound before is the T, also an unvoiced sound. It’s, it’s. However, the S in ‘he’s’ and ‘she’s’ is a Z sound. That’s voiced, because the sound before, a vowel, was voiced. He’s, she’s, it’s. TS can be a tough sound, and I do have a video on how to make that sound. So let’s take a look at some contractions in everyday conversation.