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'''Weak forms''' occur in [[stress-timed language]]s such as [[English]] when the word itself is not [[stress]]ed.  This makes such words tricky for untrained [[listen]]ers to identify as as they may well be expecting the stressed [[strong form]].  
 
'''Weak forms''' occur in [[stress-timed language]]s such as [[English]] when the word itself is not [[stress]]ed.  This makes such words tricky for untrained [[listen]]ers to identify as as they may well be expecting the stressed [[strong form]].  
  
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[[Native speakers]] sometimes think they are using the language badly when they use weak forms but this is not the case.  They are a perfectly natural part of the English [[language]].  
 
[[Native speakers]] sometimes think they are using the language badly when they use weak forms but this is not the case.  They are a perfectly natural part of the English [[language]].  
  
 
[[Teacher]]s, especially, should continue to use weak forms.  If teachers only use strong forms when they speak to students they will be giving them a completely erroneous impression of the way the spoken language sounds, almost as bad as pronouncing the "t" in "listen".  This is a very bad form of [[teacher talk]] which teachers need to be aware of and consciously fight against.  (The result of teachers constantly using strong forms will be create a class of students who are able to understand the teacher but nobody else.)
 
[[Teacher]]s, especially, should continue to use weak forms.  If teachers only use strong forms when they speak to students they will be giving them a completely erroneous impression of the way the spoken language sounds, almost as bad as pronouncing the "t" in "listen".  This is a very bad form of [[teacher talk]] which teachers need to be aware of and consciously fight against.  (The result of teachers constantly using strong forms will be create a class of students who are able to understand the teacher but nobody else.)
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==Examples==
  
 
The main words with weak forms in [[Received Pronunciation]] are:
 
The main words with weak forms in [[Received Pronunciation]] are:

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Template:Phonetics Weak forms occur in stress-timed languages such as English when the word itself is not stressed. This makes such words tricky for untrained listeners to identify as as they may well be expecting the stressed strong form.

Native speakers sometimes think they are using the language badly when they use weak forms but this is not the case. They are a perfectly natural part of the English language.

Teachers, especially, should continue to use weak forms. If teachers only use strong forms when they speak to students they will be giving them a completely erroneous impression of the way the spoken language sounds, almost as bad as pronouncing the "t" in "listen". This is a very bad form of teacher talk which teachers need to be aware of and consciously fight against. (The result of teachers constantly using strong forms will be create a class of students who are able to understand the teacher but nobody else.)

Examples

The main words with weak forms in Received Pronunciation are:

A

a, am, an, and, are, as, at

B

be, been, but

C

can, could

D

do, does

F

for, from

H

had, has, have, he, her, him, his

J

just

M

me, must

O

of

S

shall, she, should, some

T

than, that, the, them, there, to

U

us

W

was, we, were, who, would

Y

you

See also