Wont or Won't?

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  1. MACDRIVE macrumors 68000

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    I'm just curious as to why my spell check doesn't flag wont. If I try to write dont and not don't, I get a nice little red underline under dont. There it goes again. :p
     
  2. Mord macrumors G4

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    Wont is a word, as is won't.


    There's a magical book called a dictionary where you can look up works, it'll tell you what they mean.
     
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  4. rdowns macrumors Penryn

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    It is not your wont to use a dictionary. I won't answer your question beyond that.
     
  5. Scarlet Fever macrumors 68040

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    from Dictionary;
    it's one of those words which people never use any more.
     
  6. MACDRIVE thread starter macrumors 68000

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    You people are unreal; I guess you didn't understand the question. :rolleyes:

    won't = will not

    don't = do not

    Why is Safari spell check underlining dont and not wont?

    I can't ask the question anymore simpler than that.
     
  7. Nuc macrumors 6502a

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    And Scarlet Fever can't answer it anymore simple than that:

     
  8. Much Ado macrumors 68000

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    Wont is a word.

    Won't is a different word.

    Hence, the spellchecker doesn't correct it.


    Just like its and it's are different words. :rolleyes:

    Conversely "dont" is not a word, so it gets flagged.
     
  9. MACDRIVE thread starter macrumors 68000

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    Thank you sir - finally someone that can answer a simple question.
     
  10. Glen Quagmire macrumors 6502a

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    Someone "finally answered" your question in the very first reply to this thread, if you care to read it correctly.

    :rolleyes:
     
  11. eluk macrumors 6502a

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    I am wont to use use it myself occasionally.
     
  12. macmama macrumors regular

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    MACDRIVE, it's the kind of error that would get flagged if you were using a program's "grammar" check, but not spell check, for the reason outlined above.

    But really, these kinds of typos are the most difficult to spot, and I personally find it much easier to print my entire piece of work out and go through it with an nice red pen the old fashioned way. Think of this as a great opportunity to learn a new word! Wont is quite a cool, esoteric one. SAT word, even. You can use it in conversation and watch people look confused at you. Excellent word!
     
  13. MongoTheGeek macrumors 68040

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    I use it and others occasionally and get stares. Just using the word that pops to mind at the moment. The problem with wont and won't is the meaning is rather different. Almost opposite.

    /Getting ready to board the plane to WWDC
     
  14. xsedrinam macrumors 601

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    I imagine regional phonetics would flavor how 'wont' and 'won't' are spoken. Being originally from midwestern U.S., I'd be wont to pronounce 'wont' as 'want'.
     
  15. cycocelica macrumors 68000

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    Jesus they both said the same thing. And Scarlet Fever answered it even better.
     
  16. Lyle macrumors 68000

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    My wife sometimes teaches Flowers for Algernon to her eighth grade literature classes. One year she gave them a test that included the question, "How did Charlie know that the treatment was wearing off?". One student's answer was: "Because he couldn't spell write." :D
     
  17. EricNau Moderator emeritus

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    Hey guys, give him a break. He has at least been using his semicolon properly since his last grammar related thread: When Do You Use A Semicolon?

    See...
    :p

    Sorry, I couldn't resist. No hard feelings. :)
     
  18. MongoTheGeek macrumors 68040

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    Wont and want are essentially pronounced the same.
     

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