'am not' is normally contracted to 'aren't' only in questions.Rupert J. Walker said:In an English grammar textbook the following appears:
Verbs am, are and is
Full Form Short Form Questions
I am not late I'm not late Aren't I late?
My belief is that the question should be "Am I not late". Which is correct?.
Rupert J. Walker
I did a double-take after reading your message and realizing my mistake. Whatever I was thinking of at the moment, it certainly wasn't English. Thanks for pointing it out!jacinta said:I have to disagree with alabamiano. I have never heard nor read "I'm not late, aren't I?" No, no. It should be "I'm not late, am I?"
I am not late.
Am I not late?
Aren't I late? is also correct, but I would use "Am I late? Yes, you are".
webmagnets said:This page indicates that "amn't" is used commonly in english speaking countries other than the US.
coc said:You can see it in any dictionary.
Awkward to pronounce? It´s very plain and straightforward to pronounce!
1) Like I said: English is not my first language.
Ok, cool it down pal, it´s nothing personal. English isn´t my first language either.
2) But even if it were, here's a quote from the article mentioned above:
English doesn't like two nasal consonants like "m" and "n" together
Sad enough, but "amn´t I" is part of the language, and that´s all I wanted to say.
If I pronounce it "am not I", I'm not making any contraction at all, I'm just spelling the words out, so to speak.
Of course, but if you pronounce "amn´t I" you are indeed contracting. And by using the contraction you are not saying "am not I?" but "Am I not?" instead.
As for it being on any dictionary: it's not in my Larousse, neither in my Oxford's nor in my Merriam-Webster's A Pronouncing Dictionary of American English.
You might try the Heritage Dictionary of the English language, I found some notes for "usage" under "ain´t". You first look up the contraction "aren´t", which is indeed included in the dictionary, and it will send you to "ain´t", where you are going to find: usage of "aren´t", "ain´t" and "amn´t", with the corresponding percentages of acceptance according to each speech situation. It just takes a little more investigation than just looking up "amn´t" straight away. So, and according to this, English seems to accept two nasal consonants together, like in "amnesia" for instance.
I honestly do not know what your teacher means, since spoken Spanish is a language of sounds, like any other. Could you explain a little bit what he means?
What do you do now? I honestly don´t know. I´d say you take it easy, this is a just a conversation topic, nothing personal.
I have no idea how it came to be, but it is perfectly accepted in AE.adremd said:Just a question wondering if anyone knows why this is the way it is....
Ok, so we can say, "I am lucky!" or even "Am I not lucky"? But how is it possible to say, "Aren't I lucky"? or is this just flat out wrong. Is it an ellipsis of some sort? Is the contraction of am + not --> aren't, too?
Wow, great link, trentina!! I can't believe they say "amn't" in Scotland/Ireland. LOL.TrentinaNE said:
Yeah, you're right, John. It could be question or exclamation.John Woodrow said:'Aren't I lucky?' is totally acceptable to me. If you were to put an inflection on the word 'lucky' then I would feel invited to give an opinion, but if you were not to use the inflection and say the phrase in a more confident manner then I would presume that you were making a statement by way of a rhetorical question.
~chuckle~adremd said:Wow, great link, trentina!! I can't believe they say "amn't" in Scotland/Ireland. LOL.
I'd say 1. and 2. are wrong, the correct form ismimi2 said:Please tell me which is correct?
1. I'm not late, aren't I ?
2. I'm not late, are I ?
3. I'm late, aren't I ?
In fact, ain't arose at the tail end of an era that saw the introduction of a number of our most common contractions, including don't and won't. But while don't and won't eventually became accepted at all levels of speech and writing, ain't was to receive a barrage of criticism in the 19th century for having no set sequence of words from which it can be contracted and for being a “vulgarism,” that is, a term used by the lower classes, although an't at least had been originally used by the upper classes as well. At the same time ain't's uses were multiplying to include has not, have not, and is not, by influence of forms like ha'n't and i'n't. It may be that these extended uses helped fuel the negative reaction.