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don't

[Car.; cf. US Black don't supposed to, don't got, etc.; also "We don' on nat chapter" (Loman 1967:94); an invariant negator masking NA, No] negator, not:

a. doesn't, didn't, haven't (before v.): 1979 You don't supposed to do it (Shilling 2). You don't worth a tinker dime (Nassau).

b. isn't, wasn't, weren't (before adj.); 1966 I don't particular (Crowley 47).

c. (after modal verbs or quasi modal verbs): If you come down then you might don't get it (Ragged). You better don't laugh (Andros).

Tags: grammar, negator

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Last update: 2012-01-17 11:22
Author: Holm and Shilling, DBE, 1982
Revision: 1.3

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