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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.