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    I don't think you would ever use hadn't in first person conversation.

    But what about third person, in books for example?

    If Jimmy hadn't set his alarm, he would of been late for school ?
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    (Original post by MagicToaster1)
    I don't think you would ever use hadn't in first person conversation.

    But what about third person, in books for example?

    If Jimmy hadn't set his alarm, he would of been late for school ?

    Would HAVE been late.

    And yes, you can use it.
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    is hadn't just a contraction of had not? so see if you can use "had not" in context

    such as "I had not got laid since yesterday"...

    Doesnt feel right imho.
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    Yes, of course it does.

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    (Original post by TomInce6666)
    is hadn't just a contraction of had not? so see if you can use "had not" in context

    such as "I had not got laid since yesterday"...

    Doesnt feel right imho.
    Why not?

    "I'd be screwed if I had not used Blackboard" = "I'd be screwed if I hadn't used Blackboard."

    Perfectly fine and acceptable. You probably use it without realising.

    Sometimes I might switch it round with a "had I not", but it's fine.
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    I don't think it does exist officially. I never understood why not though (unless I'm thinking of a similar word).
    On the other hand my spell check doesn't pick it up.
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    (Original post by there's too much love)
    I don't think it does exist officially. I never understood why not though (unless I'm thinking of a similar word).
    On the other hand my spell check doesn't pick it up.
    http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hadn't

    Are you thinking of something like there're?
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    (Original post by Cicerao)
    Why not?

    "I'd be screwed if I had not used Blackboard" = "I'd be screwed if I hadn't used Blackboard."

    Perfectly fine and acceptable. You probably use it without realising.

    Sometimes I might switch it round with a "had I not", but it's fine.
    Im not really too bothered tbh. Im not a grammar nazi Language is language, gets *******ised all the time.
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    (Original post by Cicerao)
    http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hadn't

    Are you thinking of something like there're?
    No, it was definitely one of the had/could/would/should variety.
    My spell check used to (may still do) tell me off, which was great as it happens as we're not meant to shorten two words together in our essays.
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    (Original post by there's too much love)
    No, it was definitely one of the had/could/would/should variety.
    My spell check used to (may still do) tell me off, which was great as it happens as we're not meant to shorten two words together in our essays.
    Had've, maybe.
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    (Original post by Cicerao)
    Why not?

    "I'd be screwed if I had not used Blackboard" = "I'd be screwed if I hadn't used Blackboard."

    Perfectly fine and acceptable. You probably use it without realising.

    Sometimes I might switch it round with a "had I not", but it's fine.
    You just 'clicked' my mind there, lol.......

    Good example.....
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    Yes
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    (Original post by Cicerao)
    Had've, maybe.
    That seems most likely, I thought it was from had, and I thought it was short:P.

    Thanks, that would've annoyed me and kept me from doing my essay tonight. Fortunately instead TSR and facebook can do that instead!
 
 
 
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