This lesson is Part II of a series. "Colloquial" means "casual" as opposed to "formal," and a "contraction" is just the shortening of words. Let's continue discussing some of the ways that words are shortened in casual speech in American English in ways that are not used in formal writing.
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Lemme recharge it, OK?
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"Lemme" is an informal contraction of "let me."
I dunno, it's kind of like they don't have any…
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“Dunno" is easy. It combines the words "don't" and "know," and it is a response word used to express confusion.
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The next contraction is a bit more difficult:
I gotcha, I gotcha, OK.
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Similarly, the colloquial contraction "gotcha" isn't a grammatical superstar. It combines the words "got" and "you," and is used to express casual assent. Where's the button just to make one espresso? Gotcha.
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"Gotcha" is a colloquial contraction of "to get" something, in the sense of "to understand" something. If you say "I gotcha," it's a colloquial way of saying "I get it" or "I understand you."
Nine times outta ten there's no manual on these things.
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Get me security, get him outta here!
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"Outta" is an informal contraction for "out of." It's also common to hear the expression "I'm outta here!" for "I am leaving," which is what I'll leave you with for this lesson!
Watch this video on Yabla English to learn about more contractions, and search the videos on Yabla English for more examples of these colloquial contractions used in a real world context.