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Why is there an apostrophe on Ain t?
A note about ain’t: The contraction ain’t started out as a contraction of “are not” – and it was spelled ain’t. The most important thing to remember about contractions is that the apostrophe is part of the correct spelling. If you leave the apostrophe out, you misspell the word.
Why do people put apostrophes at the end of words?
Use an apostrophe in the possessive form of a noun to indicate ownership. To show ownership, add apostrophe + s to the end of a word, with one exception: To show ownership with a plural noun already ending in s add only the apostrophe.
Why do some people add S to words?
It’s a concept called “productivity” in linguistics. “It could be kind of to mark definiteness a bit,” Kiesling said. “Or it’s a place they go to regularly, so it sort of marks that we should as a listener know which specific store they’re talking about.”
What is the apostrophe rule?
Apostrophes may indicate possession or mark omitted letters in contractions. The basic rule is quite simple: use the apostrophe to indicate possession, not a plural. The exceptions to the rule may seem confusing: hers has no apostrophe, and it’s is not possessive.
What does a possessive apostrophe mean?
An apostrophe can be used to show that one thing belongs to or is connected to something. This is called a possessive apostrophe.
Is it wrong to use the word “ ain’t”?
While a lot of people consider ain’t improper, it’s a very regular and legitimate part of many forms of English, including in Black English (AAVE). Be mindful that judging someone’s use of ain’t as “wrong” can be a very socially loaded act, to say the least. Here are some examples of ain’t as a contraction of am/are/is not:
Did the word ‘ain’t’ evolve from ‘AMNT’?
High brow it ain’t.’ My linguist cousin-in-law says the word “ain’t” evolved with Scottish immigrants who tried to stick with the structure of their language when translating and tried to say “am’nt.” It is rather awkward to have the m and n together like that, so ain’t evolved.
What is the origin of the Irish word ain’t?
Ain’t apparently begins as amn’t, a contraction for am not, which you can still hear in Ireland and Scotland today. Ain’t is recorded in the early 1700s, with amn’t found a century before. Ain’t is also influenced by aren’t, the contraction for are not recorded in the late 1600s.
Is there anything wrong with “I Ain’t Got Nothing”?
Ain´t nothing wrong with ain´t. It is just that you´ve gotta know when and how to use it. I use it daily, and I ain´t from any hicktown either. I ain’t got nothing else to add but a little detail: “Ain’t” may sound really bad for some listeners when it comes to redundancy: I ain’t got nothing = I got nothing.