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    Question Ain't, isn't or aren't?

    Hi,
    I wrote a poem a long time ago and am now doubting if one of the lines is correctly written, so here it goes

    One thing that just ain't so is to forever let you go

    Is ain't the right word or here or should it be isn't or aren't?

    I really hope that you can help me with this.

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    Re: Ain't, isn't or aren't?

    You can use whatever you like in a poem. The line makes little sense, though, whichever one you use.

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    Re: Ain't, isn't or aren't?

    Welcome to the forum, Rindk.

    'aren't' can't follow 'one thing'.

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    Re: Ain't, isn't or aren't?

    Quote Originally Posted by Rover_KE View Post
    Welcome to the forum, Rindk.

    'aren't' can't follow 'one thing'.
    Thank you :)
    What would you suggest instead?

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    #5

    Re: Ain't, isn't or aren't?

    ain't or isn't

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    Re: Ain't, isn't or aren't?

    One important thing in poetry is meter. Many poets and song writers sacrifice perfect grammar for meter. One potential advantage of "ain't" over "isn't" is that it is one syllable.

    Consider the Dylan song "It Ain't Me Babe" versus the possible song "It Isn't Me Babe".

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4d8o8vNTNao
    Last edited by MikeNewYork; 05-Jun-2014 at 09:24. Reason: typo

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    Re: Ain't, isn't or aren't?

    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    The line makes little sense, though,
    Maybe the OP could provide the verses before and after it, so we could grasp it. What do you think, Rindk?
    Please be aware that I'm neither a native English speaker nor a teacher.

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    Re: Ain't, isn't or aren't?

    Ain't is not a standard form, so you should only use it when you want to sound informal.

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