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I know the proper way to write that is "There isn't anything in the box" but why? I had the impression that isn't was just an abbreviation for "is not"

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    Actually, the sentence in your title is not grammatically incorrect. Why did you think it is? At most, it sounds a bit odd, since contractions are generally used when speaking, and a construction with a negative pronoun "There is nothing" would generally be used when writing. – sumelic May 6 '17 at 1:41
  • half full, half empty to me ? – Tom22 May 6 '17 at 2:23
  • There isn't anything in the box means exactly the same as There is not anything in the box but the …is not… option is less likely in speech… – Robbie Goodwin May 26 '17 at 20:04

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