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    on't

    There is no need to define standard English. We know what it is,
    and there's an end on't. We know standard English when we hear it
    just as we know a dog when we see it, without the aid of definition.

    (Quoted from English for the English by Sampson)

    What does on't mean?

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    Re: on't

    Quote Originally Posted by sitifan View Post
    There is no need to define standard English. We know what it is,
    and there's an end on't. We know standard English when we hear it
    just as we know a dog when we see it, without the aid of definition.

    (Quoted from English for the English by Sampson)

    What does on't mean?
    There is an end on it = there is an end to it = and that's all there is to it.

    The expression was quite common in the 18th century. and is still used by some people (not many!) as a fixed saying.

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