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I am wondering in which context people stress the be in English grammar. Both Wiktionary and Wordrefence have a weak and a strong form in their dictionary : https://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/be#English and https://www.wordreference.com/enfr/be

I know that for example, the word has is used in strong form only when used negatively.

  • /aɪ həv si:n hə/
  • /aɪ hævnt si:n he/

But for the word be, I see no example where we could use it negatively. If someone could help

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    I think this may be better migrated to the English Language & Usage Stack Exchange. But anyway: in the Wiktionary link you post, it doesn't seem to give any weak form, just a UK and US form. I don't think there is a predictable context for a weak form of 'be'. That is, it would sound really weird to use the 'strong form' of 'have' in a form like she wouldn't have gone. I don't think there is a parallel context where a 'weak form' of 'be' is necessary. Having said that, of course there will be common phrases or informal situations where the vowel may be significantly phonetically reduced. – legatrix Mar 26 at 18:36
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    Might the English Language Learners Stack Exchange be appropriate too? – Miztli Mar 26 at 20:56
  • Yes, good point! – legatrix Mar 27 at 16:09

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