I've always wondered (and as a child caused quite a few frowns from my English teachers) working this out..
If we can abbreviate words like:
- Would and Not to Wouldn't
- Could and Have to Could've
What stops intertwining the two examples to:
- Could and Not and Have to Couldn't've
Joe wasn't even there so he couldn't've been in that race.
I do apologise if this comes across as a really silly question…!
update I've seen a good post (which has a few posts leading off of it) (thanks rathony), but what I was more looking for was the correctness "grammatically speaking". (Both American English and British English sides would be interesting to hear). Although many seem to say that it goes down well in literature, loads have even thrown in a few of their own double-abbreviations in the comments (chuckle), but I can't seem to get a definitive "these are the do's and don'ts of abbreviations and grammatical (written, not spoken) correctness"
update **Another few posts which show some "vague" examples, but I see no blatant iteration of "double plurals". I've seen questions, I've seen examples but no definitive answer as to whether it's correct or not.. Both there Oxford Dictionary and Webster Dictionary make utterances of the double plurals, but there's no exact example...
****Wouldn't've been more logical to post links to something directly related? (sorry, had to be cheeky and post that!)
To outline my question "Is the use of double plurals correct or not". i.e if were to teach English Language (British or American) to students, how would I define this?
(Sorry, This has plagued me since I was a teen! -- even got sent to the head-master for being a Smart-Alec lol!)... So any direction would be helpful! (Both British or American English help)