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Is mightn't a verb?


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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.