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Hi.

When can we use are or were for I?

I know we can have that structure in conditional and tag questions.

Ex. If I were you, I would propose her.

Ex. I am the best. Aren't I?

Are there any other situations for that?

Thanks
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AnonymousAren't I? is actually wrong. You should avoid using this structure (especially in formal language), and say Amn't I? or Am not I? instead, if you have difficulties pronouncing mnt together. Regards
I'm sorry, but this advice is COMPLETELY wrong.

"Aren't I" is correct. Correct in speaking, in formal writing, in causual speech, in a scribbled note.

"Am I not" is also correct, and usually reserved for expressing emphasis. It is FAR less common.

"Amn't I" exists in some regional dialects, but is not the standard English way to say "Aren't I."
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Aren't I? is actually wrong. You should avoid using this structure (especially in formal language), and say Amn't I? or Am not I? instead, if you have difficulties pronouncing mnt together.

Regards
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Then, you'd better know there are speakers who don't consider this as official.

It's common to say Aren't I as it's common to say Ain't I? or How you doin'? (instead of how are you doing?),

but it doesn't mean it's official or formal. I maybe exaggerated saying it's totally wrong, but you surely avoid

using this one in formal or written language. The fact that an utterance is common, doesn't mean

it can be used everywhere you wish.
Hi Grammar Geek. Thank you for your answer.

Can you think of any other situations in which we can use are or were for I?

Is it very odd to say 'I were absent '?

Thanks
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"I were absent." is incorrect. Standard conjugations for "I" are "am" and "was".

An exception is unreal conditional: "If I were to win $1,000,000, I would buy a Maserati."
Thanks Vorpar for your answer.

As I said in my post, I am looking for other situations except tag question and conditional sentences.

BTW, thanks for introducing am and wasfor I. That was an eye opener. I owe you my life. Emotion: big smile

Cheers
hrsaneiIs it very odd to say 'I were absent '?
Yes. Very.

But you can say, "You and I were absent". Emotion: smile

CJ
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Thanks Jim.
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