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Thread: Ain't / haven't


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    Ain't / haven't

    What do these mean?
    1. I ain't never seen anyone like you.
    2. I haven't seen anyone like you.

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    Re: Ain't / haven't

    (1) In this sentence, 'ain't' is substandard English for either 'have' or 'have not'-- it is impossible to judge. 'Ain't' normally, but still substandardly, means 'am not', as in 'I'm good in English, ain't I?'

    (2) Is the correct form of (1)--except for the 'never' of course-- and means that I have never met a person with your qualities.
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    Re: Ain't / haven't

    1. I ain't never seen anyone like you.
    2. I have never seen anyone like you.
    So #1 and #2 mean the same thing?

    3. I haven't seen anyone like you.
    What do #2 and #3 mean?

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    #4

    Re: Ain't / haven't

    I have never met a person with your qualities.
    as I stated above.


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    Re: Ain't / haven't

    Thanks.

    1. I have not met anyone like you.
    2. I have never met anyone like you.

    So 'I have not...' and 'I have never..' in this case they mean the same thing?

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    Re: Ain't / haven't

    Yes. The 'never' of (2) just serves as an intensifier of the 'not' in (1).


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    Re: Ain't / haven't

    Thanks.

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