I’d’ve never believed it if I hadn’t’ve seen them: double contractions

January 5, 2012 | By | 1 Reply More

I never gave it much thought, but there is such a thing as a double-contraction in English. There are many of them.

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Category: Language, Whimsy

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Erich Vieth is an attorney focusing on consumer law litigation and appellate practice. He is also a working musician and a writer, having founded Dangerous Intersection in 2006. Erich lives in the Shaw Neighborhood of St. Louis, Missouri, where he lives half-time with his two extraordinary daughters.

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  1. Judah says:

    Yes, there are many such double contractions, but you’ll notice that “hadn’t’ve” is *not* covered in the Wikipedia category that you link to, and if you expand it, you’ll see why: “hadn’t have” is painfully redundant.

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