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  1. Is she not a girl?
  2. Isn't she a girl?

  3. Am I not here?

  4. Am not I here?

Are tey all correct or right structured?

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Regarding 4, it's worth noting that "am not" contracts, just like "is not" contracts to "isn't", but it (rather illogically) contracts to "aren't", just like "are not". A few dialects have the separate contraction "amn't", but it's not widespread across dialects. So 4 should be "aren't I here?.

With that aside, all of them are valid and grammatical. I'm not sure how often anyone would have cause to use "aren't I here", though.

The contracted versions of expressions like these can be the most natural of options. Sometime they aren't. There's a difference in emphasis and nuance between the options as well, though the details depend on dialect.

Is she not a girl?

This can be an archaic-seeming way of reminding people that someone is a girl, much like "if you prick me, do I not bleed?". It might be used to assert that she had some fundamental or stereotypical characteristic of girlhood.

Isn't she a girl?

This would be used to express surprise that she wasn't a girl, or to indicate that you had the impression that she was a girl, or to express surprise that a girl has been named. Like a sexist person hearing that someone achieved something and, feeling that a girl couldn't have achieved it, saying incredulously, "isn't she a girl?"

Am I not here?

Well, this one makes perfect sense, but is harder to find an explanation for. The most likely sounds like someone reminding people that they are present, for instance if they were being talked about as if they weren't there.

  • 1. Am I not here? 2. Aren't I here. Is there any difference in meaning? Thank you. – Mohammad Abul Hasem Feb 21 at 22:10
  • I would say it's the same pattern as the other two. The first is to point out that you are in fact here, or to point to some implication of the fact you are here. The second is to express surprise in some way. – SamBC Feb 21 at 22:43
  • Can we say: "I aren't here"? – dan Feb 22 at 0:30
  • Everyone would know what you meant, but no native speaker would ever say that. You can just say the affirmative as a question to get a similar effect: "I'm not here?" – SamBC Feb 22 at 1:19
  • I would think that (4) becomes correct if your dialect allows to contract "am not". Am I right? – Carsten S Feb 22 at 15:04

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