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    A question (from a student of mine).

    My town is on the news
    Some guys is spreading the blues
    Can't get this girl out of his head
    N' all the things he should've said


    What does N' mean here?

    I think it's an abbreviation of "and", but I'm not sure on this one...

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    I'm sure it is -- for what it's worth
    [Some guy is]

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    Quote Originally Posted by Francois
    I'm sure it is -- for what it's worth
    [Some guy is]

    FRC
    It's not "y", Francois. It's "'N".

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    Quote Originally Posted by Taka
    Quote Originally Posted by Francois
    I'm sure it is -- for what it's worth
    [Some guy is]

    FRC
    It's not "y", Francois. It's "'N".
    / 'n / is short for "and"... this is a short version (not very grammatically correct one) ...it's the way it's pronounced in fast speech so you don't really hear the "d" at the end of "and"
    Is that what you needed to know, Taka?

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    Yes. That's what I wanted to know.

    Thanx, Natalie!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Taka
    Quote Originally Posted by Francois
    I'm sure it is -- for what it's worth
    [Some guy is]

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    It's not "y", Francois. It's "'N".
    Not sure what you mean. I've understood that you were asking about the "N" if that's what you mean, and I replied that I was sure it was a shorthand for "and". But as I'm not a teacher....
    The "guy" comment was a note aside.

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    Why did you underline "y" of "guy"? That's what confused me.

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    My bad. As I said I just wanted to point out that the construct "some guys is" looked strange to me, but it was not the main purpose of the post.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Taka
    Why did you underline "y" of "guy"? That's what confused me.
    The word guys should be guy, singular:

    My town is on the news
    Some guys is spreading the blues
    Can't get this girl out of his head
    N' all the things he should've said

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    Quote Originally Posted by Francois
    My bad. As I said I just wanted to point out that the construct "some guys is" looked strange to me, but it was not the main purpose of the post.

    FRC
    Ah, I see. It's a typo. I didn't notice it. Sorry about that. :)

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