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    Re: Aren't I /am I not?

    Was it also used to mean has not/have not and was it a proper form in this sense too?

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    #12

    Re: Aren't I /am I not?

    Quote Originally Posted by Rachel Adams View Post
    Was it also used to mean has not/have not and was it a proper form in this sense too?
    Are you asking about ain't?

    Yes, ain't can stand in for have not or has not.

    I'm not sure what you mean by 'proper' form, but I imagine the answer you want is no.

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    #13

    Re: Aren't I /am I not?

    Yes, I was talking about ain't. Before it bacame a non-standard form, when it was a ''proper'', widespread form was it also used to mean has not/have not? That's what I was asking about.

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    #14

    Re: Aren't I /am I not?

    Quote Originally Posted by Rachel Adams View Post
    Yes, I was talking about ain't. Before it bacame a non-standard form, when it was a ''proper'', widespread form was it also used to mean has not/have not? That's what I was asking about.
    It wasn't. Ain't began as an easier way to pronounce amn't. This isn't necessary for haven't.
    I am not a teacher.

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    #15

    Re: Aren't I /am I not?

    Quote Originally Posted by Rachel Adams View Post
    Was it also used to mean has not/have not and was it a proper form in this sense too?
    With the passage of time, the term changed in function from the original "am not" to mean "am/are/is not" and eventually "have/has not".

    In Mark Twain's depictions of colloquial dialect, "have/has not" is represented by "hain't". So "have not" may have been contracted to "hain't" before eventually merging with "ain't".
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    #16

    Re: Aren't I /am I not?

    Hain't is a variant of "haven't" that's still used in Appalachian English.
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