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    Hi,

    I have a question about this sentence-Don't matter. Why D.B.Cooper says "Don't matter" ?

    I usually hear people say "It doesn't matter". Does D.B.Cooper use "Don't matter" instead of "Doesn't matter" deliberately? I mean, in fact, it should be "Doesn't matter", but sometimes in most spoken conversation, grammar is not that strict, so...It is okay.

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    Michael: I need to know if there's any way to block a transfer order.
    D.B.Cooper: There's about 50 ways.
    M: All right. I'll take the quickest.
    D: You file a motion for what they call an "interlocutory injunction."
    M: How long does that take?
    D: How fast can you write? A man can claim almost anything violates his constitutional rights. There's environmental issues, allergies, religious requirements, take your pick.
    M: What if they don't buy it?
    D: Don't matter. Court's required by law to hear your motion. Until they do, you can't be transferred. Hell, they've been trying to move my tired, gray behind for ten years. God bless the American legal system.

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    Quote Originally Posted by XINLAI-UE View Post
    Hi,

    I have a question about this sentence-Don't matter. Why D.B.Cooper says "Don't matter" ?

    I usually hear people say "It doesn't matter". Does D.B.Cooper use "Don't matter" instead of "Doesn't matter" deliberately? I assume so; that's probably the way he speaks. I mean, in fact, it should be "Doesn't matter", but sometimes in most spoken conversation, grammar is not that strict, so...It is okay. It's not standard English. I don't recommend it.
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    It is an example of slang speech. Is it to be avoided? Yes, by beginning learners. No, if you have already learned the dominant standard variant of the language and feel like using some slang.

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    Quote Originally Posted by banderas View Post
    It is an example of slang speech. Is it to be avoided? Yes, by beginning learners. No, if you have already learned the dominant standard variant of the language and feel like using some slang.
    Speaking incorrectly is in no way advisable. Slang or not, I vote for sticking to good old doesn't.

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    There is an "old" Air Supply (?) song that started "It don't matter to me ...."; Ivan V is correct, but perhaps "doesn't" wouldn't fit the songs rhyme/time. (Just please don't use "should've did"!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by IvanV View Post
    Speaking incorrectly is in no way advisable. Slang or not, I vote for sticking to good old doesn't. So do I.

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    You have to admit, though that it is sometimes used consciously, like ain't, to gain an informal effect. Slang is neither right nor wrong. It is just slang.

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    Quote Originally Posted by poorboy_9 View Post
    There is an "old" Air Supply (?) song that started "It don't matter to me ...."; Ivan V is correct, but perhaps "doesn't" wouldn't fit the songs rhyme/time. (Just please don't use "should've did"!!!
    How about this:
    Me: "Where would you like to sit?"
    Grandma: "It don't make no nevermind!"

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    There is an old saying that "a pump-fake won't work, till you've taken a shot." Try to learn the the original, before "messin'" wit it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by poorboy_9 View Post
    There is an old saying that "a pump-fake won't work, till you've taken a shot." Try to learn the the original, before "messin'" wit it.
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    Then we must be talking about two different things.
    My expression means "it does not matter".
    Anyway, it does not make ansense in terms of grammar either, does it?

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    Quote Originally Posted by banderas View Post
    You have to admit, though that it is sometimes used consciously, like ain't, to gain an informal effect. Slang is neither right nor wrong. It is just slang.
    Informal is informal. Slang is highly informal.
    I'd rather be calling 'it don't' a colloquialism, though. And I am not saying it's not in use, or anything like that. I'm just saying that it's grammatically incorrect.

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