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I've'nt (was: Re: Quick Intro)

From:Muke Tever <mktvr@...>
Date:Sunday, February 23, 2003, 6:24
From: "Nik Taylor" <yonjuuni@...>
> Joe wrote: > > Just a point... 'I think I've not' is not normal English. 'I don't think > > I've' is normal. > > "I think I've not" isn't that odd. It sounds slightly formal to me, but > not really abnormal.
I was gonna say something about it seeming more normal if you dont need as much do-support as AmE (say, looking at a British construction like "Have you an [X]?"), but I think it's just a funny clisis: what's a more normal division is "I think I havent" (tho for some reason putting that in the sentence in question wants a "yet" added also). I wont deny that "I dont think I've" sounds better still, though. *Muke! --


David Barrow <davidab@...>