Dec 21, 2010

Ya gotta wanna

The title of this post is an example of spoken English. The sounds have been made into words which are similar to the original words, but not the same. A translation into more formal English would be "You've got to want to."

Here are a few more examples of this kind of spoken English:

Gonna = going to
Hafta = have to
Gimme = give me
Lemme = let me
Should've = should have
Would've = would have
Could've = could have
Ya = you
Doncha = don't you

It's typical to find these kinds of expressions in songs, because people rarely sing in a formal way. Also, some singers and native speakers say -in instead of -ing, for example "I'm goin' to California."

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