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Contracting: MODAL VERBS + NOT – Example Sentences Part 1


Contracting: MODAL VERBS + NOT – Example Sentences Part 1

So, let’s go through some example sentences.

It cannot – It can’t
ɪt ˈkæn‿nɔt – ɪt kɐːnt

You could not – You couldn’t
jʉː kʊd nɔt – jʉː ˈkʊdnt

They must not – They mustn’t
ðæɪ mɐs(t)‿nɔt – ðæɪ ˈmɐs(t)n[t]

I shall not – I shan’t
ɑe ʃæl nɔt – ɑe ʃɐːnt

He will not – He won’t
hiː wɪl nɔt – hiː wəʉnt

We would not – We wouldn’t
wiː wʊ[d]‿nɔt – wiː ˈwʊ[d]nt

She should not – She shouldn’t
ʃiː ʃʊ[d]‿nɔt – ʃiː ˈʃʊ[d]n[t]

I might not – I mightn’t
ɑe mɑet nɔt – ɑe ˈmɑetn[t]

Notice there, I said the ‘t’ every time. I didn’t mute it. And also, if you want to emphasise the modal verb, that’s where you’ll leave it uncontracted: ‘I WOULD not’.