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Contracting: MODAL VERBS + NOT – Example Sentences Part 2


Contracting: MODAL VERBS + NOT – Example Sentences Part 2

Alright. Let’s do some full sentences.

It cannot open – It can’t open
ɪt kæ[n]‿nɔt ˈəʉpən – ɪ[t]‿kɐːn[t]‿ˈəʉpən

You could not help – You couldn’t help
jʉː kʊd nɔt help – jʉː ˈkʊ[d]n[t] help

They must not know – They musn’t know
ðæɪ mɐs(t) nɔ[t] nəʉ – ðæɪ mɐs(t)n[t]‿nəʉ

I shall not dare – I shan’t dare
ɑe ʃæl nɔ[t]‿deː – ɑe ʃɐːn[t]‿deː

He will not ask – He won’t ask
hiː wɪl nɔ[t] ɐːsk – hiː wəʉn[t]‿ɐːsk

We would not say – We wouldn’t say
wiː wʊ[d] nɔ[t] sæɪ – wiː ˈwʊ[d]n[t]‿sæɪ

She should not laugh – She shouldn’t laugh
ʃiː ʃʊ[d] nɔ[t] lɐːf – ʃiː ʃʊ[d]n[t]‿lɐːf

I might not come – I mightn’t come
ɑe mɑe[t] nɔ[t] kɐm – ɑe mɑe[t]n[t]‿kɐm

Now, notes here, guys.

You may have noticed, you ‘may’ have noticed, that I haven’t included ‘may not’, and that’s because we don’t ever say that contracted together. ‘Mayn’t’. That sounds very strange. We’ll just say, ‘may not’.

Other notes here are that ‘shan’t’ is very rare, and it’s incredibly uncommon. You’ll here this in films like the “Pride & Prejudice” and “Emma”. It’s very old kind of style English from the 1800s.

And the other one that’s a little uncommon is ‘mightn’t’. You’ll often just leave this uncontracted as ‘might not’. Okay? Again, it’s just uncommon, but you may hear it sometimes. Okay?