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Past modals - the Russian way or the "uh" way

Any really paid attention to how English native speakers connect sentences with modal verbs like should, could, might, can, would to talk about past situations?
Sometimes they sound like they're using Russian names, other times it sounds like they just add the letter to the verb.

Here are some examples.

Listen to Adele in this part of a song. What does she ACTUALLY say?

a. We could have had it all
b. We couldov had it all
c. We coulda had it all

Listen to how Rihanna sings in this song. What are her words?

a. Could have been a princess, you'd be a king
b. Coulda been a princess, you'd be a king
c. Couldov been a princess, you'd be a king



There seems to be a pattern here: When does it sound Russian and when does it have a letter "a" at the end?

modal + ov
with verb form that starts with a vowel sound/with verb form that starts with a consonant sound

modal + a  

with verb form that starts with a vowel sound/with verb form that starts with a consonant sound
Can you talk abo…