Anders wrote:What is the difference between it's not and it isn't?
Maybe we should introduse it'sn't ;)
dtp883 wrote:The only difference is where you want to contract the words. I don't think it'sn't would catch on where I live. But I know a bunch of people who use shouldn't've couldn't've and wouldn't've because that's how they say it when talking.
Declan wrote:linguoboy wrote:You couldn't; it violates the prosodic rules of English negation.
Yes, in my dialect at least, it's not a possible contraction.
dreaminjosh wrote:I don't think it's possible in any.
linguoboy wrote:dreaminjosh wrote:I don't think it's possible in any.
This was the conclusion Zwicky and Pullum came to more than twenty-five years ago when they examined its behaviour in detail and determined that it was an inflectional ending rather than a clitic. I haven't seen anything since then to persuade me otherwise.
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