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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. – James Moore Dec 2 '11 at 20:40
  • And related: Contracting "Should not have" – yoozer8 Dec 2 '11 at 20:40
  • I've heard 'tisn't – Daniel Dec 2 '11 at 20:43
  • @Jim looks like you're right. – ggentzke Dec 2 '11 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. – FumbleFingers Dec 2 '11 at 21:03