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    What does "aint" mean ?

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    Colloquial, for (to be) not
    I ain't = I'm not
    he ain't = he's not or he isn't
    she ain't = she's not or she isn't
    it ain't = it's not or it isn't
    we ain't = we're not or we aren't
    you ain't = you're not or you aren't
    they ain't = they're not or they aren't

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    it is just used in Present Tense ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Volcano1985
    it is just used in Present Tense ?
    Can be used for the future as a negative of 'going to', although we would need to replace going to with its colloquial version, gonna.

    I ain't gonna come here again = I'm not going to come here again

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    Quote Originally Posted by Vlad_the_Inhaler
    Can be used for the future as a negative of 'going to', although we would need to replace going to with its colloquial version, gonna.
    I ain't gonna come here again = I'm not going to come here again

    As a BE speaker I don't use ain't much, and I agree with Vlad's comment on the future, but can't we also say "I ain't coming here again" to say the same thing?

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    You can also use it to replace HAVE/HAS ..I ainīt got no money ,but itīs very substandard and shouldnīt be overused! I havenīt got any money is the "right way" ...

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    According to my british grammar book, it says we British speakers shouldn't use 'aint'.Are you telling that you use 'ain't' at certain circumstances,DavyBCN?

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    I ainīt British but I learnt about ainīt in London!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fazzu
    According to my british grammar book, it says we British speakers shouldn't use 'aint'.Are you telling that you use 'ain't' at certain circumstances,DavyBCN?
    I can only think of one circumstance I use it - "Ain't that a shame!" - which I use with very close friends when I want to be very sarcastic but in a friendly way. . Otherwise I really dislike it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Janaina Volker
    I ainīt British but I learnt about ainīt in London!
    Oh,that's a really cool.

    Quote Originally Posted by DavyBCN
    I really dislike it.
    So do I.
    LOL,those jumpers are really funny.

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