couldn't

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

could +‎ -n’t

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /ˈkʊd.(ə)nt/
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Verb[edit]

couldn't

  1. could not (negative auxiliary[1])

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Arnold M. Zwicky and Geoffrey K. Pullum, Cliticization vs. Inflection: English n’t, Language 59 (3), 1983, pp. 502-513