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Is the sentence "Aren't I a bit long in the tooth to start being an undergraduate?' correct? If it is, then why do we use 'are' with 'I'? And when we use tag questions, is it 'aren't I' or 'am I not'?
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exRanger profile picture exRanger   
Am I not a bit "long in the tooth" to be starting an undergraduate level education?"

We don't use "are" w/ "I", which is precisely why I amended your original sentence to start with "Am I not a....".
re: "tag questions": "am I not" is correct. "Aren't I...", while in poular use in vernacular (American and UK) English, is grammatically incorrect. Butthat doesn't stop most Americans (and British) so-called "native English" users/speakers from misusing their language.
Cold, harsh reality my English-as-a-second-language learnng friends: be careful in the so-called "native English" users/speakers you from whom you choose to "learn" our language.
    January 2019100% GOOD (2 votes)
  • Nasie profile picture Nasie   
    Thanks a lot for your reply!
      January 2019