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    Re: Mayn't and mightn't

    In one of his less inspired moments, former Prime Minister Tony Blair launched a competition in search of a motto for the United Kingdom. One of the leading proposals was …

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    #12

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    "Mustn't" sounds like a scolding.

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    #13

    Re: Mayn't and mightn't

    "mustn't" is pretty normal sounding to me (American).

    The first "t" is silent. It sounds like "mussent".
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    #14

    Re: Mayn't and mightn't

    Quote Originally Posted by bubbha View Post
    "mustn't" is pretty normal sounding to me (American).

    The first "t" is silent. It sounds like "mussent".
    This is why i spelled it musn't for a good portion of my life.

    Thank you for your replies. I will continue not using mayn't and mightn't.

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    #15

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    For those who are not familiar with "mightn't" and how widespread its usage is, take a look at the following. You'll see that it's used all over the English speaking world.

    https://fraze.it/n_search.jsp?q=mightn%27t&l=0

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    #16

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    Quote Originally Posted by teechar View Post
    For those who are not familiar with "mightn't" and how widespread its usage is, take a look at the following. You'll see that it's used all over the English speaking world.

    https://fraze.it/n_search.jsp?q=mightn%27t&l=0
    Yes, that's a nice resource. It includes texts from the UK, US, New Zealand, and Australia.

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    #17

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    "Mustn't" is certainly used in BrE. I've never heard or used "mayn't". I recall my grandfather (born in 1921) using "mightn't" but I don't think I've heard it from anyone younger.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    #18

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    Quote Originally Posted by teechar View Post
    For those who are not familiar with "mightn't" and how widespread its usage is, take a look at the following. You'll see that it's used all over the English speaking world.
    I can only surmise that most of the examples from American publications were written by people from other parts of the Anglosphere or, if written by Americans, by authors who had lived abroad.
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    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    "Mustn't" is certainly used in BrE. I've never heard or used "mayn't". I recall my grandfather (born in 1921) using "mightn't" but I don't think I've heard it from anyone younger.
    So nobody under 99 years old, then?

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    #20

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    I'm no young fish, but I sure ain't that ancient.

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