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How to Speak Casual English: Using Reduced Pronouns in a Conversation

Now practice taking out the H in he, his, him and her in the conversation below. Review the rules for reducing pronouns in casual speech.

Jim: There have been some big changes around here lately.

Clara: I know! Did Brad get laid off?

Jim: Sure did. Didn't you notice how he always comes late?

Clara: That's true, but I thought he got another job and left on his own.

Jim: That's what he wanted you to think. The manager gave him a heads up* last month.

Clara: Oh, so he started looking and got his new job before he was laid off. That's lucky!

John: Yeah. Have you met the new guy who replaced him? What's his name ...

Clara: No, not yet. How about Jennifer? Is she leaving?

John: I'm not sure. She's not full time, but I know her contract's up for renewal next month.

Clara: Do you think it'll get renewed?

John: Well, it's true that her work ethic leaves a lot to be desired*, but I hear that her performance is above average.

Clara: They might dislike her for working six hours a day, but if her numbers are good, what can they do?

John: They might even give her a promotion!

* "a heads up" is an idiom which means "a warning" or "a notification."
* "leaves a lot to be desired" is an idiom which means "is not good" or "is not as good as desired."

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