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    The question arose here:
    http://coffeesnobs.com.au/YaBB.pl?num=1169525605/13#13

    Theres an explanation here:
    http://www.tiscali.co.uk/reference/dictionaries/english/data/d0082988.html

    And to keep this coffee related, I usednt have an Expobar.

  • #2
    Re: Usent or usednt?

    Ive heard of an instance of usedtocoulda, but I seriously dont think it can be shortened to anything useful.

    Aiight, back to the coffee.

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    • #3
      Re: Usent or usednt?

      Usent looks a lot easier to pronounce than usednt. I have to plead guilty to saying "usent", I inherited it from my mother. Apart from that word, her use of the English language was impeccable.

      Coffee related, I never usent to have instant coffee. :P

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      • #4
        Re: Usent or usednt?

        I think your pronunciation is acceptable.
        Its only the spelling where people slip up.

        Think about it.
        You dont tend to pronounce the "d" in used to either.

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        • #5
          Re: Usent or usednt?

          The singular possessive and the contraction -- two of the most misunderstood concepts of the English language.

          Also, another of my favourites, "You should of seen it" instead of "should have".

          One thing about internet forums -- they have exposed the rampant illiteracy in society.

          Forums are one thing. But when you see advertisements (look at Ebay) exposing the small business owners illiteracy, its no longer funny.

          Neither is stuff like this on advertising posters: "Pianos for sale".

          Tha abbreviations in texting and chat rooms is another subject altogether which suggests that before long none of us will be able to comunik8!

          I h8 2 c u go. B cing u

          --Robusto

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          • #6
            Re: Usent or usednt?

            I HATE "should of"!

            Improper apostrophe use......yes, lets not go there.

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            • #7
              Re: Usent or usednt?

              Thats why you refer to shoulda instead.

              Wm? (shortened form of "Why not shorten every sentence down to its simplest form?")

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              • #8
                Re: Usent or usednt?

                Exactly, shoulda would be spelled shoulda and therefore correct.

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                • #9
                  Re: Usent or usednt?

                  Originally posted by Thundergod link=1169550897/0#0 date=1169550897
                  ... I usednt have an Expobar.
                  I know it is correct but it is really hard to understand when you read it. I had to read the sentance from the original hyperlinked post over a couple of times to try and understand what the poster was saying. lol but maybe it is just me. : It was always emphasised to me by other writers when I was writing my honours thesis that I should write in plain/simple language so that the reader does not have to reach for his or her thesaurus or stop and re-read a sentence. I would argue the same for these types of contractions. If the reader doesnt understand them they are redundant. Language is all about communicating, isnt it? So Im going to stay away usednt – it is too tricky.

                  I much prefer to use never as suggested in the link. i.e. I have never had an Expobar. I never used to have an Expobar doesnt really sound correct, but it is correct according to the link.

                  No wonder I was no good at English in High School

                  Originally posted by robusto link=1169550897/0#4 date=1169638353
                  Tha abbreviations in texting and chat rooms is another subject altogether which suggests that before long none of us will be able to comunik8!

                  I h8 2 c u go. B cing u

                  --Robusto
                  A few months ago the local news ran a story about a suggestion that students should be allowed to use texting language in their HSC exams!

                  c u l8r dudez Im gonna go watch da tennis. Peace out!

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