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    Default Why "don't" ?

    Why is there "don't" in the clause below?

    She don't have to know.

    And it's not only in this clause.
    I heard many times people said "He/she/it don't..." in songs and movie.

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    Default Re: Why "don't" ?

    Quote Originally Posted by Mr.Lucky_One View Post
    Why is there "don't" in the clause below? That is not a clause, it is a sentence.

    She don't have to know.

    And it's not only in this clause.
    I heard many times people said "He/she/it don't..." in songs and movies.
    "She doesn't have to know" is correct.
    She does not have to know.

    "She don't have to know" is incorrect, but is sometimes used in informal speech and writing. Unless this is used in a humorous way, a person using "don't" this way is considered to be uneducated.
    She do not have to know.

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    Default Re: Why "don't" ?

    In songs, film and TV, you will hear a lot of non-standard English.
    Remember - correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing make posts much easier to read.

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