aren't

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

are +‎ -n’t

Pronunciation[edit]

Verb[edit]

aren't

  1. are not (negative auxiliary[1])
  2. (colloquial) Spelling replacement of the homonym an’t, a contraction of “am not”, used e.g. in the construction aren’t I?
    • 1800, Fenn, George Manville, 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”, in 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 (music), “Why Aren’t I Home?”, in Why Aren’t I Home?[1]:

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”.

Synonyms[edit]

Antonyms[edit]

  • (are not): are
  • (am not): am

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References[edit]

  1. ^ Arnold M. Zwicky and Geoffrey K. Pullum, Cliticization vs. Inflection: English n’t, Language 59 (3), 1983, pp. 502-513

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