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    #1

    Question Tags

    The rules are clear form me.
    It is known that there are a few exception such as

    I am happy, aren't I?

    Question:
    Question Tag in the simple past with the verb BE singular, first person:

    I was happy, wasn't or weren't I? Which is correct?

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    Re: Question Tags

    Wasn't I is correct.

    Actually aren't I is a real exception only in the written form. In the spoken form, a number of verbs change the vowel in the contracted negative form - do, can, will, shall, am,

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    Re: Question Tags

    [QUOTE=Mad-ox;807111]

    I am happy, aren't I?



    *** NOT A TEACHER ***


    You probably already know this, but just in case you don't, may I remind you that

    you can use the perfectly correct "I am your best friend, am I not?

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    Re: Question Tags

    In some regions, amn't I? is used, though many speakers consider this non-standard.

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