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    #1

    Contractions.

    Good morning to all.

    Most English contractions are easily explained and just as easily understood, however, the contraction ain't is always a very difficult one to explain to people who are learning English.

    Any suggestions ?.


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    #2

    Re: Contractions.

    BobK enlightened us all on that.
    When people are learning English, they have to learn when to use 'are' and when to use 'is'. 'ain't' is not so much a contraction as a fusion of the two, which then has universal application. Voilą! I speaka da English.

    I am : I ain't
    he is : he ain't
    you are : you ain't
    they are : they ain't


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    #3

    Re: Contractions.

    Thanks David,your answer should give "them " something to think about. LOL.

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