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    DO you use "mustn't"?

    Dear all,


    Do you use "mustn't" like the sentences below?

    1. We mustn't jump into the pool.

    2. You mustn't go out after midnight.

    I know this word exists, but I've almost never seen it in authentic Eglish.

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    Re: DO you use "mustn't"?

    It ls common enough in spoken and informal written BrE.
    Last edited by emsr2d2; 10-May-2016 at 16:01. Reason: Fixed typo

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    Re: DO you use "mustn't"?

    It's rarely if ever used in AmE -- at least not in any regional variety I'm familiar with.
    I am not a teacher.

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    Re: DO you use "mustn't"?

    Quote Originally Posted by optimistic pessimist View Post
    I know this word exists, but I've almost never seen it in authentic Eglish.
    I've never seen it in authentic Eglish either, but it is quite common in authentic English.
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    Re: DO you use "mustn't"?

    Quote Originally Posted by optimistic pessimist View Post
    I know this word exists, but I've almost never seen it in authentic English.
    They sound fine to me, though there are other ways of saying the same thing. I hear it used in BrE.

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    #6

    Re: DO you use "mustn't"?

    Right. It's a Britishism, not an Americanism. We use "shouldn't" or "can't," depending on the context.
    I'm not a teacher. I speak American English. I've tutored writing at the University of Southern Maine and have done a good deal of copy editing and writing, occasionally for publication.

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