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    Contraction

    Hi,
    We all know that contraction of might not is mightn't and contraction of should not is shouldn't. What about contraction for 'may not' and 'shall not'? Do they have contraction?
    Thanks for the help.

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    Re: Contraction

    Quote Originally Posted by snoopy5376 View Post
    Hi,
    We all know that contraction of might not is mightn't and contraction of should not is shouldn't. What about contraction for 'may not' and 'shall not'? Do they have contraction?
    Thanks for the help.

    Hi, snoopy!

    I believe they are 'mayn't' and 'shan't.'
    Please go to : may - Definition and pronunciation | Oxford Advanced Learners Dictionary at OxfordLearnersDictionaries.com
    shan't - Definition and pronunciation | Oxford Advanced Learners Dictionary at OxfordLearnersDictionaries.com

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    Re: Contraction

    These aren't used in AmE.

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    Re: Contraction

    And I"ve been teased for using "mightn't" here too.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Re: Contraction

    We certainly use "shan't" (which I've seen spelt "shaln't" occasionally) in BrE. My late grandfather was the last person I heard use "mayn't" and I think he was the only person I ever heard use it.

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    Re: Contraction

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    My late grandfather was the last person I heard use "mayn't" and I think he was the only person I ever heard use it.
    We must meet sometime. I'll give you the pleasure of hearing it again.

    I think I use it pretty rarely. In fact, until my daughter mocked me once for coming out with it, I would have said that I didn't. I certainly do not use it except in question tags.

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