X-Words: Negative forms

NOT for xwg 26 Dec 2013

Just add not to make an x-word negative. Most have logical contractions, but 6 are special:

Do family: don’t, doesn’t, didn’t

Modals: can’t, couldn’t, won’t, wouldn’t, shall not, shouldn’t, may not, might not, must not

Have family: haven’t, hasn’t, hadn’t

Be family: am not, isn’t, aren’t, wasn’t, weren’t

Note: This site focuses on the way English is used in the U.S. nowadays. Apologies to anyone who wants to include “shan’t” or “mustn’t” in this list.


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