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Can you give me some examples where "ain't" is used in place of "have not".

According to Oxford Dictionary, ain't=am not,is not,are not,has not,have not.

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It replaces have not when have not is an auxiliary verb, not when it's a a conjugation of to have:

"I have been racking my brain, but I ain't been able to come up with a good example."

"I have done a lot of bad things, but I ain't hit a man with glasses or stolen from a baby."

A very common combination is "ain't got" meaning have not got (or, briefly, don't have) A google search will reveal that "ain't got" turns up in lyrics all the time:

While we generally avoid the double negative in English, you can see in these examples that "ain't" often bucks that trend and pairs up with a second negation (nobody, no home, no)

Note: This would not be considered standard written English. In some parts of the U.S., it would be fairly common to hear it in spoken English (e.g. Texas), but from a second-language speaker, it would sound strange, unless you are extremely fluent.

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    Unless you're in the south, particularly Texas. Where "ain't" and "ya'll" reign ;) – Catija Apr 22 '15 at 16:38
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    I think you mean "Ah dun a heap o' bad things, but Ah ain't never hit no man with glasses nor stole from no baby." :-) – Hellion Apr 22 '15 at 18:45
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    @catija Y'all; ya'll is "you will". If y'all'll observe this simple rule ya'll avoid the mockery of Southerners. – StoneyB Apr 22 '15 at 19:30
  • @StoneyB Sorry. I can't fix it now :( I'm not mocking. I'm from Texas and say it all the time, myself. – Catija Apr 22 '15 at 19:44
  • @catija No, no: I meant you will avoid being mocked by Southerners. (I too am of that ethnos.) – StoneyB Apr 22 '15 at 20:06

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