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Can a word be contracted twice (e.g. “I'ven't”)?

I would like to know if it is proper to chain multiple contractions into a single word when they are in a continuous string.

For example: "They are not ants." You have the choices: "They're not ants." and "They aren't ants." How about: "They'ren't ants."

If this case doesn't suit your fancy, feel free to suggest a more appropriate example.

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    No, that's never possible. Commented Dec 2, 2011 at 20:40
  • And related: Contracting "Should not have"
    – yoozer8
    Commented Dec 2, 2011 at 20:40
  • I've heard 'tisn't
    – Daniel
    Commented Dec 2, 2011 at 20:43
  • @Jim looks like you're right.
    – ggentzke
    Commented Dec 2, 2011 at 20:47
  • @Daniel: "It is!", "it isn't!", "'tis!", "'tin't". You hear all sorts of things, such as "wyn-cha [fuck off!]" for "why don't you..." But we don't normally write them. Commented Dec 2, 2011 at 21:03

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