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aren't

[ahrnt, ahr-uh nt] /ɑrnt, ˈɑr ənt/
1.
contraction of are not.
2.
contraction of am not (used interrogatively).
Origin
as contraction of am not, a doublet of ain't (without raising of the vowel), spelling aren't by r-less speakers; ar was later substituted for the long a by speakers who regularly pronounce pre-consonantal r
Usage note
The social unacceptability of ain't, the historical contraction of am not, has created a gap in the pattern of verbal contractions. I'm not, the alternative to I ain't, has no corresponding interrogative form except ain't I. In questions, ain't I is often avoided by the use of aren't I: I'm right, aren't I? Aren't I on the list? This aren't is simply a different outcome of the same historical development that yielded ain't, but the fact that it is spelled and pronounced like the contraction of are not (as in You are staying, aren't you?) apparently gives it, for some, an acceptability that ain't lacks. The use of aren't I is objected to by others because a declarative counterpart, I aren't, does not exist. Many speakers, however, prefer aren't I to the uncontracted, rather formal am I not. See also ain't, contraction.
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Examples from the web for arent
  • Books about animals, friendship, pirates they arent real.
  • But nothing for aspiring grad students who arent currently enrolled anywhere.
  • If by chance you arent, try to get over there and visit it.
  • If you arent getting enough from your diet, take a daily multivitamin.
  • They arent counting the sun, as several people have mentioned.
  • arent our universities nurturing critical thinking skills in people nowadays.
  • Yes they really arent on equal playing field yet but that can change rather quickly when countries become more industrialized.
  • Multi-million pound business deals arent usually secured while wearing pyjamas.
  • They arent concerned about us raising our kids right.
  • For one thing youll notice all the illegal immigrants arent, lol.
British Dictionary definitions for arent

aren't

/ɑːnt/
contraction
1.
are not
2.
(informal, mainly Brit) (used in interrogative sentences) am not
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Word Origin and History for arent

aren't

1794, contraction of are not, originally written are'n't and generally so into early 19c.

If "ain't I?" is objected to, surely "aren't I?" is very much worse. [Lady Grove, "The Social Fetich," 1907]

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