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Is there a rule of thumb in English for which of two equivalent contractions to use [see examples]?

Asked by Mariah (19393 points ) July 3rd, 2014

“It isn’t allowed” vs. “It’s not allowed.” Precisely the same meaning, two different possible contractions to use.
“I haven’t gone there” vs. “I’ve not gone there,” similarly.

In reviewing my writing, I’ve found that I naturally lean towards using the latter option, but I think most people would probably choose the former.

Is there any kind of standard for this? Does one or the other sound more “right” to you?

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