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    #1

    Lightbulb grammars

    why this is so,
    i am a good boy in tag question why we are writing aren't i?

    plz justify why it is not , isn't i?

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    #2

    Re: grammars

    Hello.

    You'll have to try a bit harder and deliver your question more accurately.
    As it is now, I'm not sure many will understand what is it you're asking. I surely don't :)

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    #3

    Re: grammars

    Several verbs change the vowel in the contracted form of the negative: /kæn,kɑ:nt/, /æm, ɑ:nt/, / ʃæl, ʃɑ:nt/, /du:, dəʊnt/, /wɪl,wəʊnt/. It just so happens that /ɑ:nt/ is also the pronunciation of the negative form of form are, and the spelling aren't was used for both forms.

    Please make some effort to use capital letters and punctuation correctly, and to avoid chatroom contractions such as 'plz'. The word is 'please'.
    Last edited by 5jj; 16-Apr-2013 at 10:07.

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    #4

    Re: grammars

    He seems to want to know why we say, "I'm a good boy, aren't I?" rather than "I am good boy, isn't I?"

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    #5

    Re: grammars

    Quote Originally Posted by Raymott View Post
    He seems to want to know why we say, "I'm a good boy, aren't I?" rather than "I am good boy, isn't I?"
    My response to that would be 'Why on earth should we?"

    In the question tag, we almost always use part of the same verb as in the original, and in the same person. There are exceptions (such as those below), but there aren't many.

    Let's go, shall we?
    No one has applied, have they?

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    #6

    Re: grammars

    Quote Originally Posted by Raymott View Post
    He seems to want to know why we say, "I'm a good boy, aren't I?" rather than "I am good boy, isn't I?"
    If anything, I would expect the OP to think it should be "I am a good boy, amn't I?" However, as 5jj said, the tag questions don't always follow the expected pattern and just have to be learnt.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    If anything, I would expect the OP to think it should be "I am a good boy, amn't I?" However, as 5jj said, the tag questions don't always follow the expected pattern and just have to be learnt.
    Maybe if he comes back, he can explain why he didn't write, "plz justify why it is not , amn't i?"

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    Quote Originally Posted by Raymott View Post
    Maybe if he comes back, he can explain why he didn't write, "plz justify why it is not , amn't i?"
    I can see that he queried why it's not "isn't I", I simply meant that I would have expected him to think it should be "amn't I?"
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    #9

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    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    If anything, I would expect the OP to think it should be "I am a good boy, amn't I?"...
    Which indeed was a possibility a few hundred years ago.

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    And was, if I remember rightly, still used by my grandmother from Wiltshire some forty years ago.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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