51384RE: [Czechlist] "ain't" reversed
- Apr 6, 2013Jamie, Thanks a lot
From: Czechlist@yahoogroups.com [mailto:Czechlist@yahoogroups.com] On Behalf Of James Kirchner
Sent: Saturday, April 06, 2013 5:08 AM
Subject: Re: [Czechlist] "ain't" reversed
The way you wrote it is how it would be done if people spoke that way. However, people who say "ain't" usually won't use a fully developed tag question. Instead they would say something like:
"It ain't that bad, eh?"
"It ain't that bad, huh?"
"It ain't that bad, right?"
The first two can be said with rising intonation if the speaker doesn't know if the person will agree or falling intonation of the speaker expects the person to agree.
On Apr 5, 2013, at 9:28 PM, Pilucha, Jiri wrote:
> When using "ain't" in a sentence that would otherwise read, for instance, "It isn't that bad, is it?", what happens with the "is it?" part?
> Presumable nothing, correct?
> "It ain't that bad, is it"
> Inconsistent as it may seem, I can't think of any other option
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