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    #1

    am I not vs aren't I

    Hi dear experts, could you tell which of the two tag questions below is correct:

    1. "I am a singer, am I not?"
    2. "I am a singer, aren't I?"

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    Smile Re: am I not vs aren't I

    HI, technically (1) is the most correct grammatically, but (2) reflects a old-style vernacular that is wholly acceptable.

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    Re: am I not vs aren't I

    Quote Originally Posted by Shakespeare's brother View Post
    HI, technically (1) is the most correct grammatically, but (2) reflects a old-style vernacular that is wholly acceptable.

    SB
    Ain't is also used as the contraction of AM I NOT,AREN'T,ISN'T.

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    Smile Re: am I not vs aren't I

    Although 'aint' is a colloquialism.


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    Re: am I not vs aren't I

    ,,,and to be avoided!!!
    It is a colloquialism among certain 'dialects' only in the UK, and although widespread in the USA, again associated to anyone with education with such groups as 'red necks'

    See 'Ain't slang' , 11.54 today, thread by Banderas

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    Re: am I not vs aren't I

    Quote Originally Posted by rj1948 View Post
    Ain't is also used as the contraction of AM I NOT,AREN'T,ISN'T.
    In Ireland (and possibly in other places), the contraction widely used for "Am I not" is "amn't I".

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    Smile Re: am I not vs aren't I

    So too in Scotland. And this then would be dialectual, but also colloquial?

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    Re: am I not vs aren't I

    Quote Originally Posted by Shakespeare's brother View Post
    So too in Scotland. And this then would be dialectual, but also colloquial?
    Hi SB,
    I suppose it depends what we mean by colloquial, I lived for 12 years in the west of Ireland and just about everyone I knew used it.

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