ain’t vs am not, isn’t, aren’t : Common Errors in English

About ain’t vs am not, isn’t, aren’t

“Ain’t” has a long and vital history as a substitute for “isn’t,” “aren’t” and so on. It was originally formed from a contraction of “am not” and is still commonly used in that sense. Even though it has been universally condemned as the classic “mistake” in English, everyone uses it occasionally as part of a joking phrase or to convey a down-to-earth quality. But if you always use it instead of the more “proper” contractions you’re sure to be branded as uneducated.

ain’t in News

  1. Elaine Laron, 'Electric Company' Lyricist, Dies at 83

    She also wrote for “Free to Be … You and Me,” the landmark 1970s children’s project spearheaded by Marlo Thomas, and penned the anti-war song "Hell No, I Ain’t Gonna Go." read more        
    on June 13, 2013 Source: The Hollywood Reporter

  2. Levon Helm Documentary Anchors Strong Music Box Summer Film Festival

    Ain’t in It for My Health , a documentary of the last years of legendary drummer Levon Helm is the anchor film for this year’s Music Box Summer Film Series June 28 - July 2. [ more › ]
    on June 12, 2013 Source: Chicagoist

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