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There used to be a saying, "'ain't' ain't a word!" It was a pseudo instructional sentence to express the fact that "ain't" was not proper English and should not be used. Of course, now, with slang and poor English being so much more accepted in common use, you don't hear people say this as much. Here's a few other points: “AIN’T AIN’T A WORD!“ …but we use it often anyway! Ain’t means, “am not”, or simply, “not”. i.e.: I ain’t goin’ to the store now. He ain’t goin’ either. I ain’t that person. We ain’t there yet. I ain’t go (yesterday). It's actually an extreme slur of," I didn’t go yesterday" but will sound like this to a non-native. (The “t” in ain’t is sometimes dropped and just a hard stop added. More on that topic later. Ain’t happenin’/happening, it ain’t happenin’/happening, it ain’t happening. This is a phrase that we often use to express that I don’t now, nor will I ever have any intention of doing something, or letting something happen. You will hear both “happenin’” as well as “happening” when we use this phrase. “I’m not ever going to do something like that”, becomes, “Ain’t happenin’”, and if we want to be more emphatic about it, we would say, “No, it ain’t happenin’/happening”. Tip: listen carefully. The 't' sound at the end is often dropped and only a hard stop used.

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