shouldn't

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

should +‎ -n't

Pronunciation[edit]

  • (UK) IPA(key): /ˈʃʊdn̩t/
  • (Yorkshire) IPA(key): [ˈʃʊnʔ]
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Verb[edit]

shouldn't

  1. should not (negative auxiliary[1])

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Usage notes[edit]

Although shouldn't is derived from should not, the two are not grammatically interchangeable. While "Shouldn't I do it?" is grammatical, "Should not I do it?" is no longer acceptable. It would instead be "Should I not do it?"[1]

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Noun[edit]

shouldn't (plural shouldn'ts)

  1. (informal) Something that should not be done.
    • 2008, Working Mother (volume 31, number 8, page 20)
      Being a list-o-maniac, I suggested we make a list of the "shoulds" and "shouldn'ts." So in the darkness of hazy sleep, I began to mentally prepare mine. The first item on the "should" side was easy: a sibling for our 3-year-old daughter.

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References[edit]

  1. 1.0 1.1 Zwicky, Arnold M.; Geofrey K. Pullum, “Cliticization vs. Inlection: English n't”, in Language, volume 59, issue 3, 1983, pages pp. 502–513