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    she move, she know, she take? why no "s"?

    50 CENT - AYO TECHNOLOGY LYRICS

    She, she, she want it, I want to give it to her
    She know that it's right here for her
    I want to see you break it down
    I'm ballin', throw'n money around

    She work it girl, she work the pole
    She break it down, she take it low
    She fine as hell, she about the dough
    She doing her thing out on the floor

    Why is no "s" there? Does it have some "special" meaning without "s"? Because I think it is not so hard to say breaks instead of break. It is supposed to be some "rougher" way of a slang? Because Justin Timberlake is using "she wants" in this song. Just 50cent is using "she want". Is it some kind of New York ghetto slang?
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    Re: she move, she know, she take? why no "s"?

    See African American Vernacular English - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia


    Present-tense verbs are uninflected for number/person: there is no -s ending in the present-tense third-person singular. Example: She write poetry ("She writes poetry").


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    Thank you for your answer. I have one more personal question for you. How does it sound to you, I mean no -s in the 3rd person singular in the present-tense. Is it acceptable or too much of a slang usage?

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    Re: she move, she know, she take? why no "s"?

    Quote Originally Posted by thx0110 View Post
    Thank you for your answer. I have one more personal question for you. How does it sound to you, I mean no -s in the 3rd person singular in the present-tense. Is it acceptable or too much of a slang usage?
    In the context of a song it's ok, in spoken language it's not ok.

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    Re: she move, she know, she take? why no "s"?

    Quote Originally Posted by thx0110 View Post
    Thank you for your answer. I have one more personal question for you. How does it sound to you, I mean no -s in the 3rd person singular in the present-tense. Is it acceptable or too much of a slang usage?
    It depends on who you ask. To those who speak AAVE, it's the standard and therefore acceptable, but to those who don't speak AAVE, it's non-standard and therefore unacceptable.

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    Re: she move, she know, she take? why no "s"?

    Just make sure that there is some space between you when you tell a mean ugly black brother on your US holiday that you find his use of the language unacceptable.


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    This is why I disapprove of rap music. Aside from promoting gang violence, rap music is systematically demoralizing the American educational system. The average American teenager who speaks only in English has more grammatical errors than a person just learning the English language.

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