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Just now, I had a slip of the tongue which resulted in a silly grammatical error. I said "if I had, I would not commented on it". I added "have" afterwards. My question is "do natives make such mistakes because of slips of the tongue?"

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    A slip of the tongue is a description, not a cause. – Colin Fine Aug 30 at 13:52
  • @ColinFine do natives make so silly a mistake sometimes? – Fadli Sheikh Aug 30 at 14:05
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    All the time. Mostly nobody ever notices. Don't worry about it. – jlawler Aug 30 at 15:34
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    Trust me on this. Think about all the slips you've made in your native language. English is usually spoken so fast that words drop out, and the grammar is full of processes that delete words and phrases whenever possible. – jlawler Aug 30 at 15:38
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    Would plus have is normally pronounced ['wʊɾə] in American English, and that final shwa is deleted pretty often, especially before a vowel. Have as an auxiliary is almost never pronounced [hæv]; much more common is /v/ or /ə/, both of which get lost easily. This is because auxiliaries are as unstressed as possible; they're meaningless, so they're disposable, and people will assume they're there when they aren't because they can predict them, and they like hearing what they expect. – jlawler Aug 30 at 16:03

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