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    I'm..., aren't I?

    Do I sound crazy to say: 'I'm a doctor, aren't I?'

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    Re: I'm..., aren't I?

    That is correct. Of course you may also say "Am I not?"

    The archaic contraction for am not is ain't - and, aside from the fact that ain't isn't an acceptable word nowadays, it would be proper to say, "Ain't I?" - but as I said, you can't say ain't anymore. Therefore, aren't has stepped in to fill he gap. Some may claim it to be ungrammatical, but - give it up - it is the only acceptable contraction in this case, and it is in general use.

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    It should be noted that there is no universally accepted contraction for am not. In spoken English, am I not? is often contracted to aren't I?. However, although the expression aren't I? is considered acceptable in informal English, it is not considered to be grammatically correct in formal English. In formal English, no contraction should be used for am I not.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Soup View Post
    In support:
    It should be noted that there is no universally accepted contraction for am not. In spoken English, am I not? is often contracted to aren't I?. However, although the expression aren't I? is considered acceptable in informal English, it is not considered to be grammatically correct in formal English. In formal English, no contraction should be used for am I not.

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    In Irish English they use "amn't I" which I quite like, of course it is not acceptable generally, and I agree that no contraction should be used for "am I not".

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    Re: I'm..., aren't I?

    So,
    Formal: use "Am I not?"
    Informal: use "Aren't I?"

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    Re: I'm..., aren't I?

    Quote Originally Posted by sash2008 View Post
    So,
    Formal: use "Am I not?"
    Informal: use "Aren't I?"
    Yes, that is the prescribed rule.

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    Re: I'm..., aren't I?

    Forget the rules. The original poster's question was
    "Do I sound crazy to say: 'I'm a doctor, aren't I?'"

    (S)he would NOT sound crazy to use that expression. In fact, to say "Am I not?" would sound stilted and, yes, formal, and in fact, rude. Formal English grates in informal situations, makes the speaker sound as if he or she were trying to be superior to the listener. It's pretentious.

    To get hung up on "rules" does not help someone learn to speak common English, does it?

    If it were "Ain't I?" or "Amn't I" then the answer would be, yes, you would sound at best, uneducated. But educated speakers will still say "Aren't I?" Unless they were actually trying to be formal and rude, to challenge someone: "How dare you question my prognosis? I am the doctor here, am I not?"

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    Quote Originally Posted by jlinger View Post
    Forget the rules. The original poster's question was "Do I sound crazy to say: 'I'm a doctor, aren't I?'"
    "Crazy" is a relative term.

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