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If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.
This statement has become a fixed informal saying in English, which you use when you want to say that if something works well enough, or is in a satisfactory state, there is no reason to try and change it.
Ain’t was originally used in England as the standard contraction of “am not”. It became non-standard in the early 19th century when people began to use it incorrectly as a contraction for “is not” and “are not” as well as “am not.” Nowadays it is widely used informally or humorously, as a contraction for:
- am not
- is not
- are not
- has not
- have not
Ain’t is also often used with two or more negatives, but with a single negative meaning.
- She ain’t goin’ nowhere. ( = She isn’t going anywhere.)
- I ain’t never done nothin’ to nobody. ( = I’ve never done anything to anybody.)
Innit (UK – slang)
In British English innit is used as a contraction for “isn’t it”, and is often used as a question tag at the end of a statement for emphasis.
- Great party, innit?