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    Won't or wont?

    Discussion in 'Word Mechanics' started by Sillraaia, Oct 24, 2009.

    I always use won't for 'would not'. But it's looking kind of odd lately. Am I right in using that apostrophe there?
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    Will not = won't
    would not = wouldn't
     
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    The contracted form of will not is, without doubt, won't. Would not becomes wouldn't.

    Wont is a word, albeit a somewhat archaic one, with a very different meaning. You will find it used in phrases like as I am often wont to do, meaning that it is one's custom or habit to do something in said manner.
     
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    The apostrophe is in the right place for the contraction. But "won't" means "will not" (as in "I won't be attending class tomorrow"). The contraction for "would not" would be "wouldn't" (as in I wouldn't have anything if I didn't have a job).
     
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    Oh, oops, yes sorry. wouldn't is would not, of course.
    I did mean will not, rather than would not. heh, I don't know what I was thinking, other than it is the only contraction that does not contain the whole first word, hence why it got to looking odd with the apostrophe, which usually only marks the omission of the o...

    But anyways, question answered, thanks much!
     
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    I think that's 'cause it's hard to say "willn't";)
     
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    I often type "wont" when I'm typing quickly and not paying attention. "Won't" sometimes looks odd to me as well, but I have no idea why. In trying to figure out why, the closest I can figure is my brain relates it to want.
     
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    Its probably just become a habit of texting or typing short hand on messengers that make the difference an issue at all. Sometimes we get caught up in that short type style and it confuses us as to the proper way to type. And that is why forums like these are awesome because they solve these simple problems.
     
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    I won't want what's not my wont.
     
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    I don't type net speak. In chatrooms, I type "it's" and "its" properly. I use periods and commas, etc.
     

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