aren't

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See also: arent

English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

are +‎ -n’t

Pronunciation[edit]

Contraction[edit]

aren’t

  1. Contraction of Lua error: bad argument #1 to 'find' (string expected, got nil).
  2. (colloquial) Spelling replacement of the homonym an’t, a contraction of “am not”, used e.g. in the construction aren’t I?
    • 1800, George Manville Fenn, To Win Or To Die: A Tale of the Klondike Gold Craze:
      I’m a nasty-tempered dog if any one tries to take my bone away; aren’t I, my sons?
    • 2008 July 1, Daren Kagasoff as Ricky Underwood, “Falling in Love”, The Secret Life of the American Teenager season 1 episode 1:
      Aren’t I supposed to tell you how I feel?
    • 2010 October 26, Athletics, “Why Aren’t I Home?” (song)[1], in Why Aren’t I Home? (album): 

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Usage notes[edit]

  • Aren’t as a contraction of “am not” is used most often in the question aren’t I? (= am I not?). In the non-interrogative form, the standard contraction of “I am not” is “I’m not”.

Antonyms[edit]

  • (are not): are
  • (am not): am

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