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How to Speak Casual English: Using "Have" in a Conversation

Now practice reducing all the forms of "have" in the conversation below. When reducing "have," connect it to the previous word as shown by the phrases in bold print. Remember that you might need to reduce T sounds also. Review the rules for reducing "have" in casual speech.

Amy: Hi. How have you been?

John: I've been all right right. How about you?

Amy: No complaints. What have you been doing lately?

John: I've been spending time with my daughter. She's a teenager now and she's rebelling a little bit. Last week, we had to ground her.

Amy: What had she done?

John: She was caught smoking during the school lunch break.

Amy: Oooh, that's not good.

John: Yeah. It was even worse when I found out where she had gone. She was smoking outside the principal's office.

Amy: Ouch. You not only have to deal with her, but with the principal.

John: Exactly. She made me look like the worst dad at the school. We've grounded her for a month, and we've initiated three family game nights per week. Not only does she have to stay home, she has to play Monopoly, Scrabble and Checkers.

Amy: Sounds like serious torture.

John: You're telling me!

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