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    I am not / I'm not / I amn't

    is it all right to contract "I am not" to "I'm not" or "I amn't"
    a) in formal style
    b) in informal style?

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    Re: I am not / I'm not / I amn't

    Quote Originally Posted by englishhobby View Post
    is it all right to contract "I am not" to "I'm not" or "I amn't"
    a) in formal style
    b) in informal style?
    Never "I amn't" (no such form). Formal style: always safe to use full form.

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    Re: I am not / I'm not / I amn't

    I'm not is fine in speech and informal writing.

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    Re: I am not / I'm not / I amn't

    Many thanks to you!

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    Re: I am not / I'm not / I amn't

    Quote Originally Posted by englishhobby View Post
    is it all right to contract "I am not" to "I'm not" or "I amn't"
    a) in formal style
    b) in informal style?

    ***NOT A TEACHER ***


    Hello, Englishhobby:

    (1) There is no contraction for "am not" in "good" English.

    That is why people must say:

    I am your best friend, am I not?

    I am your best friend, aren't I? (Yes, I know that "aren't" does not

    match "I," but that is just one of the inconsistencies found in language.)

    (2) Yes, there is a contraction for "am not," but today most (not all)

    people feel that it is bad English: ain't. If you use this word,

    most (not all) Americans will feel that (a) you are not well-educated

    or (b) you are trying to be funny (making a joke). I most respectfully

    suggest that you NOT use it. When you become fluent in English, then

    you can occasionally use it for a humorous effect.




    Sincerely,


    James

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