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    Ain't She Sweet?

    What means "Ain't She Sweet" phrase in a title of The_Beatles' song (from "The Early Tapes Of The Beatles" album)?
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    Ну разве она не мила?!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ramil
    Ну разве она не мила?!
    значит Ain't переводится "разве не"...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Жэнтос
    Quote Originally Posted by Ramil
    Ну разве она не мила?!
    значит Ain't переводится "разве не"...

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    Приблизительно.
    В общем случае ain't = am not или is not или have not, но возможны варианты.

    Вообще лучше вот это почитать:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ain’t

    Или вот это:
    http://aolsvc.merriam-webster.aol.com/dictionary/ain't
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    Thanks a lot
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    It means "isn't she sweet?" The word "ain't", while grammatically incorrect, makes this a rhetorcial question i.e. it's well understood that she is sweet.
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    Quote Originally Posted by sperk
    It means "isn't she sweet?" The word "ain't", while grammatically incorrect, makes this a rhetorcial question i.e. it's well understood that she is sweet.
    And then "be not"="ben't" is also possible, though also grammatically incorrect, isn't it?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Жэнтос
    Quote Originally Posted by sperk
    It means "isn't she sweet?" The word "ain't", while grammatically incorrect, makes this a rhetorcial question i.e. it's well understood that she is sweet.
    And then "be not"="ben't" is also possible, though also grammatically incorrect, isn't it?
    No, that's definately not possible.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Жэнтос
    And then "be not"="ben't" is also possible, though also grammatically incorrect, isn't it?
    Although I have never seen "ben't" until now, back in the 1600s it was used:
    During the Restoration period--after 1660--we begin to find the first printed evidence of several negative contractions . . . [s]everal of these contractions look unfamiliar now: ben't, an't, en't, han't--these have either been replaced by other, newer contractions or have simply gone out of use.
    The Merriam-Webster New Book of Word Histories (1991) http://tiny.cc/sj7tc (also includes the history of "ain't" if you are interested)

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    [quote=Ken Watts][quote="Жэнтос":325hbiz1]And then "be not"="ben't" is also possible, though also grammatically incorrect, isn't it?[/quote]Although I have never seen "ben't" until now, back in the 1600s it was used:
    [quote]During the Restoration period--after 1660--we begin to find the first printed evidence of several negative contractions . . . [s]everal of these contractions look unfamiliar now: [i][color=red]ben't[/color], an't, en't, han't[/i]--these have either been replaced by other, newer contractions or have simply gone out of use.[/quote]The Merriam-Webster New Book of Word Histories (1991) [url="http://tiny.cc/sj7tc"]http://tiny.cc/sj7tc[/url] (also includes the history of "ain't" if you are interested)[/quote:325hbiz1]

    I think that "ben't" probably went out of usage due to the fact that most English speakers use the phrase "do not be" rather than "be not"

    Example: "Be not sad" vs. "Do not be sad"

    Just a guess though.

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