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    #1

    aren't they and am I not

    Can somebody explain me why ( aux.verb+not+subject+verb)
    Aren't they going?
    but (aux.verb+subject+not+verb)
    Am I not going ?

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    #2

    Re: aren't they and am I not

    "Can somebody explain me why ( aux.verb+not+subject+verb)
    Aren't they going?
    but (aux.verb+subject+not+verb)
    Am I not going ?"

    It's because of the word aren't which incorporates the contracted negative particle -n't [not].

    The verb are and the particle n't cannot be separated in English; together they form a single word aren't. You cannot say:

    Are they n't going?

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    #3

    Re: aren't they and am I not

    Thanks very much. Someone asked me this question and I tried to answer it. It seems I gave correct answer.


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    #4

    Re: aren't they and am I not

    I agree with JJM Ballantyne but are you sure that was what was puzzling the student? The thing most students find difficult is why we use a plural form of be with a singular pronoun.

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