(I am learning American English)
This comment has crystallized it for me. The threader sees a clear, utter distinction between Brit. Eng. and...
I await someone asserting, "I'm learnin' Aussie English."
How futile of me to lament and protest at the travesties of the language spoken by some of the most average citizens in the US. I see now: this is no reflection on our forefathers who have passed on the torch. It is of their own doing, and others welcome it, like asking for a McDonald's to be built in their back yard.
Good look with the formation of the tenses! (Word of advice: don't ask what the rules are!)
...and before all the simple knee-jerk reactions, could you elevate to your brain and think about the ramifications of what I have alluded to:
C: (rhubarb rhubarb)
A: 'e were a righ' one were our Cyril alright. 'fore God tuk 'im...
B: Mister Hargreaves, Mr. Hargreaves! There's trubl ut mill!
A: Eh, lad. You tell muther while I fetch bicycle...
When does it cease to be a dialect, and become, as I understand has happened in China, that one group can't understand another.
and tongue in cheek
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