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    af4ya is offline Newbie
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    Hi teacher!!!
    This is one of my doubts I have about spoken English...
    What does exactly "ain't" mean?
    I find it so hard to understand.
    Thanks a lot!!!
    Abel Alves Felix

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    Hi af4ya,

    "ain't" is slang for "isn't", it's often used in lyrics especially rap songs. I guess it's on the same level as gonna,wanna, ... .

    Kind regards

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    It can also be haven't/hasn't and can be used in all forms of be:
    I ain't going.
    I ain't done it
    etc
    It's very common in spoken English.

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    tdol,

    Thanks for your reaction, that "ain't" is also getting used instead of haven't/hasn't did cross my mind. But now that you mention it, I think I heard Bart Simpson "I ain't done it" ... you can't proof anything" Well, I don't try to use those forms to be honest. The same goes for wanna/gonna ... But I probably use them every now and then but not with my intention.

    But good to know of course !!!

    Kind Regards

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    I use them when speaking colloquially.

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