Since “amn’t I” is so clunky, is “aren’t I” grammatically correct? Or is the only way to say this “Am I not”?
The NOAD reports that aren’t is the contraction of are not, and am not; in the latter case, it is used only in questions.
Why aren’t I being given a pay raise?
The Collins English Dictionary says the same, but it says that using aren’t as contraction of am not is informal, and chiefly British.
- informal, mainly British (used in interrogative sentences)