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I have this original sentence:

I have never been to that supermarket across the street.

I would like to add the informal term "ain't".

How do I integrate it in?

I ain't never been to that supermarket across the street.

I ain't ever been to that supermarket across the street.

I ain't been to that supermarket across the street.

Out of the three sentences (sentence 1, 2 & 3), which one is proper and preferable?

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  • In what context? In formal English, one does not use ain't, and in informal, colloquial, English, one might hear any of the above, whether grammatically "correct" or not. It is much like asking which finger is preferable to use to pick one's nose. Dec 27, 2022 at 2:54

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The first example would be most common:

I ain't never been to that supermarket across the street.

That said, I would discourage you from trying to incorporate "ain't" into your speech. Besides the fact that it implies a lack of education, it's really difficult to use it and to sound natural. I moved to Kentucky about 20 years ago, and it's taken me that long to figure out how and when to use ain't and not have people look at me funny.

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  • Thanks for the answer! It is what I want! Dec 27, 2022 at 3:01

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