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    Use of -n't - auxiliary verbs and so on

    I'm wondering what classes of verbs the contracted negation -n't can attach to. If the answer is auxiliary, is it really more specific than that? Any examples?

    Edit: Actually i have another question as well:
    How can one determine that a word is used both as noun and verb?


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    Re: Use of -n't - auxiliary verbs and so on

    I'm wondering what classes of verbs the contracted negation -n't can attach to. If the answer is auxiliary, is it really more specific than that? Any examples?
    You are vague.

    Actually i have another question as well:
    How can one determine that a word is used both as noun and verb?
    By context.

    All the best!
    Last edited by Jason72; 16-May-2007 at 20:08.


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    Re: Use of -n't - auxiliary verbs and so on

    hmm, well -n't attaches to certain verbforms:

    Correct: "We aren't leaving." "Didn't they leave yesterday?"

    While not to others:

    "We leftn't until six." "Can he haven't checked his e-mail today?"

    (examples from a book)

    So I'm trying to formulate a generalisation of what class of verbs it does attach to.


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    Re: Use of -n't - auxiliary verbs and so on

    WORDS (negating a verb) CONTRACTION
    is not - isn't
    are not - aren't
    was not - wasn't
    were not - weren't
    have not - haven't
    has not - hasn't
    had not - hadn't
    will not - won't
    would not - wouldn't
    do not - don't
    does not - doesn't
    did not - didn't
    cannot - can't
    could not - couldn't
    should not - shouldn't
    might not - mightn't
    must not - mustn't

    You can say some auxiliary and modal verbs...
    There's no a certain group of them.

    Will this do?


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    Re: Use of -n't - auxiliary verbs and so on

    it's a good start does plenty for me, don't know about the exam teachers tho

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