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