I’dn’t’ve posted this if you’d’ve just said something.

Multiple contractions.

These appear to be ridiculous constructions, useless combinations of short words. However, I love them, and they’re used in day-to-day conversation. Read the title out loud; they’re not as odd as you might think. Let’s look at the most common forms.

Simple forms follow this structure: pronoun + modal verb (generally only “would”-more on that later) + state of being verb.

Pronoun_____1st Verb_____2nd Verb______Contraction

I_______ +___would___+___have____=____I’d’ve
You____+______”_____+_____”______=___You’d’ve
He/She/It_____________________________He’d’ve, She’d’ve, It’d’ve
We___________________________________We’d’ve
They_________________________________They’d’ve

N.B. The ‘v’ sound can be dropped for flow: “we’d’ve”, for example, often becomes “we’d’a” in spoken language.

Negators can be added as well, for further fun.

Pronoun_____1st Verb_____Negator____2nd Verb_____Contraction

I________+__would___+____not____+___have___=____I’dn’t’ve
You_____+____”______+____not____+____”_____=____You’dn’t’ve
He/She/It_______________________________________He’dn’t’ve, She’dn’t’ve, It’dn’t’ve
We_____________________________________________We’dn’t’ve
They___________________________________________They’dn’t’ve

Given that “would” makes for the most readily understood contractions, the others can’t be ignored. Who could pass up the opportunity for “shall”?

1st Verb____Negator_____2nd Verb____Contraction
Should___+___not___+____have___=__shouldn’t’ve
(Archaic)__________________________shan’t’ve
Would____+___not___+____have___=__wouldn’t’ve
Could____+___not___+____have___ =__couldn’t’ve
Might____+___not___+____have___ =__mightn’t’ve
Must_____+___not___+____have___=__musn’t’ve

Note that future tense can be used as well; swap out “would” for “will”. I’d’ve written more if I had more time. #

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