oughtn't

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

ought +‎ -n't

Pronunciation[edit]

  • (UK) IPA(key): /ˈɔːn̩t/, /ˈɔː.tənt/

Verb[edit]

oughtn't

  1. (Britain) (US, Canada, dated, rare) ought not (negative auxiliary[1]).

Usage notes[edit]

Both oughtn't and ought not have become rare in North America. Oughtn't in particular may not be understood.

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