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  1. Newbie
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    about tag question

    I am dravid from Pakistan. I was doing one of your online test regading tag question. There was a question, " I'm right,?". According to per grammatical rules the answer should be "amn't I", but you have used "aren't I" instead of "amn't I". Can i please know the reason behind it. Can you please explain it to me.

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    Re: about tag question

    The reason is quite simple, from a pragmatic point of view; amn't is just not used nowadays (many many years ago [>100] it was, in some dialects abbreviated to an't or ain't). Then aren't was used to replace it. Informally, and especially in Am E, ain't is used. Formally am I not? is used - but this is very formal and can sound stuffy; it often has a pompous ring: A teacher who says "I'm right, am I not?" doesn't expect to be contradicted.


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    Re: about tag question

    It might have something to do with being easier to pronounce.

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