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    Question "Ain't" ...?

    That " ain't " word, is it a verb or an abbreviation and how & when is it used?
    And is it correct in orthography or is it just an informal form used between friends and family ... ?


    Thanks a lot beforehand.

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    Re: "Ain't" ...?

    Welcome to the forum, emylan.

    It's a very informal contraction of isn't.

    Have a look at some of the Similar Threads ​below.

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    Re: "Ain't" ...?

    Quote Originally Posted by emylan View Post
    That Is the word "ain't" word, is it a verb or an abbreviation, and how and when is it used?
    And Is it correct in orthography or is it just an informal form used between friends and family?


    Thanks a lot beforehand. Unnecessary. Thank us later if and when we are helpful.
    See above. Note the correct construction of a question in part 1. Don't put a space after opening quotation marks or before closing quotation marks.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: "Ain't" ...?

    It can replace various verbs like am not/ aren't/isn't/haven't/hasn't. It is an informal form, but is quite widely used in colloquial language.

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    Re: "Ain't" ...?

    There are times when only "ain't" will do, I give you the great song "Ain't nobody's business if I do".

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VbTBmicc_Nw

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    Re: "Ain't" ...?

    And it would be very tough for a traditional grammarian to beat Is you is or is you ain't my baby as a song title.

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    Re: "Ain't" ...?

    True.

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    Re: "Ain't" ...?

    Quote Originally Posted by MikeNewYork View Post
    There are times when only "ain't" will do.
    Quite. If it ain't broke, don't fix it.

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    #9

    Re: "Ain't" ...?

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=99lyU5N--f8

    You ain't seen nothing yet

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    Re: "Ain't" ...?

    Ain't no mountain high enough.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RBNUkTUehnc

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