See also: wasnt

EnglishEdit

Alternative formsEdit

EtymologyEdit

From was +‎ -n't

PronunciationEdit

  • (UK) IPA(key): /ˈwɒzənt/, [ˈwɒzn̩(ʔ)], (colloquial, Yorkshire) IPA(key): [ˈwɒn(ʔ)]
  • (US) IPA(key): /ˈwʌzənt/, [ˈwʌzn̩(t)] (colloquial, dialectal) IPA(key): [ˈwʌdn̩(t)]
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VerbEdit

wasn't

  1. was not (negative auxiliary[1])
    • 1899, Hughes Mearns, Antigonish:
      Yesterday, upon the stair / I met a man who wasn’t there / He wasn’t there again today / I wish, I wish he’d go away …

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

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

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