Re: USAGE: Aren't/Amn't
|From:||Patrick Dunn <tb0pwd1@...>|
|Date:||Tuesday, November 16, 1999, 20:14|
On Mon, 15 Nov 1999, Padraic Brown wrote:
> On Mon, 15 Nov 1999, Patrick Dunn wrote:
> >*nods* I even use ain't in front of my class. Of course, I don't accept
> >it in papers. . . but there are plenty of perfectly real words I don't
> >accept in papers. Like the phrase "today's society."
> Of course not: but ain't is a contraction, which I was taught never to
> use in a paper, direct quotation excepted. Do you accept other
> contactions (weren't, haven't, etc.) or do you only have something
> against ain't in writing?
Depends on the paper. If it's a relatively informal personal paper than I
accept contractions. Usually not.