I'm a bit late... question tag?

  • Residente Calle 13

    Senior Member
    New York City
    Indyara said:
    hola! ¿cual es la question tag de esto:

    "I'm a bit late,............?
    The very awkward and illogical "aren't I."

    And this is the best argument for "ain't" as the only reasonable contraction in some cases. "Ain't" is detested by almost all. Sound silly. Ask "aren't I?"
     

    Indyara

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    español españa
    Residente Calle 13 said:
    The very awkward and illogical "aren't I."

    And this is the best argument for "ain't" as the only reasonable contraction in some cases. "Ain't" is detested by almost all. Sound silly. Ask "aren't I?"

    thanks, bss
     

    Soy Yo

    Senior Member
    USA
    EEUU - inglés
    Indyara said:
    hola! ¿cual es la question tag de esto:

    "I'm a bit late,............?

    This sounds a bit formal but is correct: "I'm a bit late, am I not?"

    Some / many / lots of / the majority of people say "aren't I?" but this is technically incorrect.
     

    Soy Yo

    Senior Member
    USA
    EEUU - inglés
    Maybe I'm wrong. What did they teach you? "Aren't I?" The only other possibility is "ain't I?" Well, you can just not tag in first person.

    We tag with "..., are you not?" " "...,are we not?", "..., is he not?" etc...., do we not? So why not "am I not" (except that it sounds very formal, does it not?).
     

    Residente Calle 13

    Senior Member
    New York City
    My dictionary says:

    The widely used aren't I? though illogical, was found acceptable for use in speech by a majority of the Usage Panel in an earlier survey, but in writing there is no acceptable substitute for the stilted am I not?
     

    ikaa

    New Member
    spanish spain
    but if one says "aren´t you?"...shouldn´t one say "am not I?" instead of "am I not?"
     

    Soy Yo

    Senior Member
    USA
    EEUU - inglés
    No... :D

    The following is my take on it:

    "Are not" can be contracted so you can say: "Aren't you?' or "Are you not?"

    "Am not" cannot be contracted, so you are stuck with: "Am I not?"
     
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