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    a-salin, a-feelin

    This is Bob Dylan's lyric:
    "I got a letter on a lonesome day,
    It was from her ship a-sailin',
    Saying I don't know when I'll be comin' back again,
    It depends on how I'm a-feelin'."
    I wonder why he put an "a" before sailing and feeling?
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    Tdol is offline Editor, UsingEnglish.com
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    Re: a-salin, a-feelin

    This is an old form that is not used much, but survives in things like 'awake', 'asleep', etc. He's being poetical- you'll see these forms used in older writing.

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