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    Default Native Speaker Says: He don't, She don't?

    Hi all,

    I always hear English native speakers say "He don't...." "She don't...." in the movies...I was wondering how come they would say that....obviously it's grammatically incorrect...they are native speakers...they should know that....could you please explain why it happens....?

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    Default Re: Native Speaker Says: He don't, She don't?

    Quote Originally Posted by Williamyh View Post
    Hi all,

    I always hear English native speakers say "He don't...." "She don't...." in the movies...I was wondering how come they would say that....obviously it's grammatically incorrect...they are native speakers...they should know that....could you please explain why it happens....?

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    Not all native speakers speak correctly.
    There are several (many?) dialects which do not always use standard English grammar.
    I'm sure the same thing happens in Chinese. It doesn't generally change what is regarded as standard.

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    Default Re: Native Speaker Says: He don't, She don't?

    Quote Originally Posted by Raymott View Post
    Not all native speakers speak correctly.
    There are several (many?) dialects which do not always use standard English grammar.
    I'm sure the same thing happens in Chinese. It doesn't generally change what is regarded as standard.
    When we talk to these kind of native speakers, should we follow them to say "he don't...she don't...it don't....", if we say he doesn't, she doesn't, would they feel us weird?

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    Default Re: Native Speaker Says: He don't, She don't?

    ...would they feel us weird?

    would they feel think us weird?

    Do you feel "weird" if you walk through a flock of sheep on a farm? "My God - I'm different - only two legs!"

    Does the Queen of England descend to 'wanna' and 'gunna' when she meets a subject less fortunate in their social and educational opportunities; or continue speaking 'proper', and so continue to uphold the highest standard, and thereby, appreciation of our cultural heritage?

    Don't be a follower - be a leader....or at least hold your ground and your head up high, believing in yourself.

    The person who is right is a majority of one. In this forum, actually, you will find you are not alone!
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    Default Re: Native Speaker Says: He don't, She don't?

    Quote Originally Posted by Williamyh View Post
    When we talk to these kind of native speakers, should we follow them to say "he don't...she don't...it don't....", if we say he doesn't, she doesn't, would they feel us weird?
    No, you use the correct English that you've learnt.

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    Default Re: Native Speaker Says: He don't, She don't?

    Quote Originally Posted by Raymott View Post
    No, you use the correct English that you've learnt.

    Thanks. I got it.

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    Default Re: Native Speaker Says: He don't, She don't?

    I just wanted know that how come they have this grammatically incorrect as they are native speakers? I just wanted to know the reason, somebody say uneducated or low educational level people would say English without thinking the English Grammar, do you agree with this?

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    I would agree that people who speak that way either did not receive a good education or did not value the opportunity to receive a good education that was presented to them.

    You can lead a horse to water...
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    I would agree that people who speak that way either did not receive a good education or did not value the opportunity to receive a good education that was presented to them.

    You can lead a horse to water...
    Thanks for your reply. By the way, what is the meaning of lead a horse to water? Is it an idiom? How do I use it? Please advise.

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    Default Re: Native Speaker Says: He don't, She don't?

    Hi William - It's an idiom and you can find it right here on the site: You can lead a horse to water, but you can't make it drink - Idiom Definition - UsingEnglish.com
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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