Tag question: I am a teacher, .... I?

Discussion in 'English Only' started by happyday, Apr 27, 2009.

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  1. happyday Senior Member

    I read this sentence in my textbook.
    I love listening to people speaking Spanish, don't you?
    My first thought was that it was a tag question, my second thought was that 'don't you' was added to keep the ball rolling. And now my question: how to make tag questions with 'I'?
    1) I live in Moscow, don't I?
    2) I don't live in Rome, do I?
    3) I am a teacher, amn't I?
    4) I'm not a student, am I?
    5) I went to the bank yesterday, didn't I?
    6) I've never met him, have I?
    Most of them sound OK to me, but not 3). What should I say?
  2. Dimcl Senior Member

    British Columbia, Canada
    Canadian English
    "Amn't" is never, ever used in North America. We would say "aren't I?" Otherwise, all the other sentences are fine.
  3. sound shift

    sound shift Senior Member

    Derby (central England)
    English - England
    "Amn't I" is not used in British English either.
  4. johndot Senior Member

    English - England
    Correctly, it should be “aren’t I” as has already been said. It’s one of the reasons that the verb “to be” is irregular!
  5. Momerath Senior Member

    British English
    I think "am I not?" is perfectly acceptable. "Aren't I" or "Arn' I" is a (Thames Valley?) colloquialism, which many would find rather vulgar.
  6. panjandrum

    panjandrum Occasional Moderator

    Belfast, Ireland
    English-Ireland (top end)
    I agree with happyday that the "don't you?" at the end of the first sentence is a conversational invitation, not a tag question.
    I also agree that all of the others, except (3), are correct.

    There are many threads that discuss the correct, colloquial and dialect versions of tag question for (3). Please feel free to add to any of them if you wish.

    Tag question - aren't I

    Last edited: Apr 27, 2009
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