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    I'm always complaining, aren't I?

    Sarah: Oh, listen to me. I'm always complaining, aren't I?

    I got this dialogue from a conversation of this book: INTERCHANGE 3, PAGE: 103. Isn't it weird to use 'aren't' for I?

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    Re: I'm always complaining, aren't I?

    Quote Originally Posted by atabitaraf View Post
    Sarah: Oh, listen to me. I'm always complaining, aren't I?

    I got this dialogue from a conversation of this book: INTERCHANGE 3, PAGE: 103. Isn't it weird to use 'aren't' for I?
    No, it's not weird. The question tag for "I am" is "aren't I". Once upon a time, it was "amn't I" (my great-grandmother used to say that) but I don't think many people would say/recognise that any more.

    In your example, Sarah is almost asking the listener to reinforce her belief that whenever she talks, it is usually to complain.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: I'm always complaining, aren't I?

    Shan't I, can't I, won't I, don't I are similar examples of interrogative-negative forms in which the vowel-sound changes. It just happens with aren't I that it acquired a phonetically more logical, but actually more confusing, spelling.

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