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Hi folks,

I'm a 16 year old boy from Finland, and i'm currently in high school.
Recently, i had an English test in which we had to translate Finnish sentences into English, and some had question tags in it. For those who don't know what they are, here's an example:
Richard lives in Australia, doesn't he?

Ok to the point now,

There was 1 sentence which we had to translate, and according to the teacher i didn't translate it right. Translated from Finnish it would be this:

I am your new teacher, am I not?

Ok so according to my teacher that is wrong, and it should be:

I am your new teacher, aren't I?

So I got 119 out of 120 points just because of that, now to be very honest, I am p**sed off, because I'm 99% sure that my answer is correct, and that's why I ask you guys.
Which one is correct?
Am I not,
or
Aren't I?

Thanks!
DFF
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Hi,

I'm a 16 year old boy from Finland, and i'm currently in high school.
Recently, i had an English test in which we had to translate Finnish sentences into English, and some had question tags in it. For those who don't know what they are, here's an example:
Richard lives in Australia, doesn't he?

Ok to the point now,

There was 1 sentence which we had to translate, and according to the teacher i didn't translate it right. Translated from Finnish it would be this:

I am your new teacher, am I not?

Ok so according to my teacher that is wrong, and it should be:

I am your new teacher, aren't I?

So I got 119 out of 120 points just because of that, now to be very honest, I am *** off, because I'm 99% sure that my answer is correct, and that's why I ask you guys.
Which one is correct?
Am I not,
or
Aren't I?

Both are correct, but we say the aren't version 99.999% of the time.

Am I not sounds old-fashioned and hyperbolic. You might hear it in an old play, for example, or in a very fancy speech where the speaker wants to add a rhetorical flourish.

Good luck if you try to argue with your teacher. That's usually pretty hard to do.

Best wishes, Clive

AnonymousI am your new teacher, am I not?

Ok so according to my teacher that is wrong, and it should be:

I am your new teacher, aren't I?
Actually, they are both correct. However, your version is usually only used if the speaker wants to really emphasize the fact that he is the teacher.
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May I suggest that you register, Anon. That way even I will know what is taught in Finnish schools these days. Emotion: smile
CB
Actually, you were right use "am I not." The use of "aren't I" is just a common grammatical error made by many native English speakers. If you disassemble it, "aren't I" is "are I not." You wouldn't say "I am your new teacher, are I not?"
Anonymous is correct.  The use of "aren't I" is purely vernacular (slang).  It is technically incorrect but so unbelievably common (you will almost NEVER hear your version, which is indeed technically correct) that you will always hear it.
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I will go for "Am I not?". Though I hear both of them but I guess "Aren't I?" is used mostly by americans, therefore I would go for "Am I not?". Besides that sounds grammatically more correct and it is strongly emphazed as the previous person said.

Thank you,

P.S. Your teacher can give you a 120
And why is it so, because if you change "Aren't I" into a statement it becomes "I are"
which is wrong, however Am I not" gives you "I am" which is only correct.

Anyone disagrees?
I've lived in America for years, but grew up in England. I think I remember people saying "Am'nt I?"

It sounds pretty close to "aren't I " ...which is mostly used. "Am I not?" is rather formal these days.
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