Asked in Verbs
Is mightn't a verb?
April 02, 2009 10:59AM
It is a contraction of 'might not', and 'might' is a modal verb, meaning that it is always followed by another verb.
'Might not' is most commonly used to express negative possibility:
She might not have taken the bus. She might have walked home.
or used in the conditional ('might' being the conditional form of the verb 'may'):
Even if I entered the contest, I might not win.
When expressing possibility 'might. is usually interchangeable with 'could' or 'may'.
In summary, 'mightn't is most certainly a verb.