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    Idiomatic expressions

    Hi, Were I can found information about Idiomatic expressions?, I have many doubts with this. For example: Ain't

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    Re: Idiomatic expressions

    Quote Originally Posted by Aletz_black View Post
    Hi, Were can I find information about Idiomatic expressions?, I have many doubts with this. For example: Ain't

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    What do you mean? You can find idiomatic expressions by listening to native English speakers, by reading native English texts, watching English films and television etcetera.

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    Re: Idiomatic expressions

    Welcome to the forum. Aletz-black.

    Ain't is not really an idiomatic expression.

    It's rather the way some people produce am not/are not/is not/have not/has not in informal conversation. It is usually considered sub-standard, 'uneducated', but there are a few expressions in which even educated speakers may use it. These include: "If it ain't (= isn't) broke, don't fix it" and "You ain't (= haven't) seen nothing yet". You could call those two expressions idiomatic, in that they defy the 'rules' of grammar, but are commonly used, and accepted, though not in academic wrting.

    I recommend that you do not use ain't.

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    Re: Idiomatic expressions

    Aletz-black, here are two ways of finding further help on this topic from the forum:

    1. Look below and you will find Similar Threads on the subject, as this question has been asked before.

    2. Near the top of the page you'll see Reference. Click on that and then click on 3,683 English Idioms.

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