'n

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English[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

Contraction of and.

Conjunction[edit]

’n

  1. Nonstandard spelling of ’n’.
    fish 'n chips
    rock 'n roll

Etymology 2[edit]

Contraction of than.

Conjunction[edit]

’n

  1. Eye dialect spelling of than.
    • 1865, Mark Twain, The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County
      The feller took the box again, and took another long, particular look, and give it back to Smiley, and says, very deliberate, "Well, I don’t see no p’ints about that frog that's any better’n any other frog."
    • 1969, Anne Warner, Susan Clegg and her friend Mrs. Lathrop (page 87)
      She says you may laugh ’f you feel so inclined, but there ain’t no such big difference between your leg ’n’ a dead rat but what it ’ll pay you to mark her words. She says ’f it don’t do no more ’n eat the skin off it ’ll still be pretty hard for you to lay there without no skin ’n’ feel the plaster goin’ in more ’n’ more.
    • 2010, Arnan Heyden, Daughters of Agendale (page 228)
      What I can give ya is this bit o’ knowledge: there be things in this world that no one can explain. There are things bigger ’n mountains, bigger ’n oceans, bigger ’n fields an’ night skies filled with stars, bigger ’n kings, or queens…

Afrikaans[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Dutch een, 'n.

Pronunciation[edit]

Article[edit]

'n ‎(indefinite)

  1. a (indefinite article), any indefinite example of.

Catalan[edit]

Pronoun[edit]

’n

  1. Contraction of ne.

Declension[edit]


Dutch[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

Article[edit]

’n

  1. Contraction of een.

German[edit]

Alternative forms[edit]

  • n (non-standard)

Pronunciation[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

Contraction of ein. Like virtually all German dialects, colloquial German uses a reduced form of the indefinite article. The form ’n has spread from the North southward and seems to be of German Low German origin. Most High German dialects use forms without the final -n (such as “e” or “a”); such pronunciations are sometimes heard in colloquial standard German, but ’n is clearly the most common. Also compare 'nen.

Article[edit]

’n

  1. (colloquial) Alternative form of ein ‎(a, an)
  2. (colloquial) Alternative form of einen ‎(a, an)

Derived terms[edit]

Etymology 2[edit]

Contraction of denn.

Adverb[edit]

’n

  1. (colloquial) short for denn (used for general emphasis)
    Wann wärst’n hier?
    So, when would you be here?

Low German[edit]

Article[edit]

’n

  1. Contraction of den.

Pronoun[edit]

’n

  1. Contraction of en.

Welsh[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

Particle[edit]

’n

  1. Alternative form of yn (used after a vowel).
    Mae hi’n darllen.‎ ― She is reading.
    Mae hi’n gysglyd.‎ ― She is sleepy.
    Mae hi’n ferch.‎ ― She is a girl.

Etymology 2[edit]

Contraction of ein ‎(our).

Determiner[edit]

'n

  1. our (used after vowels).