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  1. Offroad's Avatar
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    #1

    aren't I

    Dear teachers...

    I've heard many times people say 'Aren't I?'

    I am back, aren't I?

    which, strictly means, Are I not?

    My question is: it is correct English?

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    Re: aren't I

    [/QUOTE]It is the only correct short equivalent of 'am I not?'

    In pronunciation, though not in spelling, it is not alone in the change of vowel -' can/can't', 'shall/shan't'.

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    #3

    Re: aren't I

    Quote Originally Posted by Offroad View Post
    Dear teachers...

    I've heard many times people say 'Aren't I?'

    I am back, aren't I?

    which, strictly means, Are I not?

    My question is: it is correct English?
    NOT A TEACHER


    I am your best friend, am I not? ("Perfect" English)

    I am your best friend, aren't I? (Popular English and faster to say)

    I am your best friend, ain't I? ("Bad" English)

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