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    #1

    we was/you was istead of we were/you were

    When here from a lower-midle clas guy " You was great! and We was going there". Does that mean one lacks grammar or one's being informal?

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    #2

    Re: we was/you was istead of we were/you were

    ***Neither a teacher nor a native speaker.***

    Yes, I think so.
    Unless it's a joke (but I don't see why it should be that funny.)

    Cheers!

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    #3

    Re: we was/you was istead of we were/you were

    I would say that your first conclusion is correct---inadequate grammar.

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    Re: we was/you was istead of we were/you were

    Quote Originally Posted by Nightmare85 View Post
    ***Neither a teacher nor a native speaker.***

    Yes, I think so.
    Unless it's a joke (but I don't see why it should be that funny.)

    Cheers!
    Sorry I ment a lower middle class.


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    Re: we was/you was istead of we were/you were

    What does it matter for you? If his grammar is that bad then even informal style would be a lame excuse.

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    #6

    Re: we was/you was istead of we were/you were

    Quote Originally Posted by AndrewTheElephant View Post
    What does it matter for you? If his grammar is that bad then even informal style would be a lame excuse.
    I believe teachers are here to give a word of advice and not to reproach.
    But you Sir/Madam kind of reproach me for tryig to clarify that.

    On top of that, "What does it matter to you?" not " What does it matter for you" that's what I gall grammar being incorrect.

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    Re: we was/you was istead of we were/you were

    Quote Originally Posted by ostap77 View Post
    I believe teachers are here to give a word of advice and not to reproach.
    But you Sir/Madam kind of reproach me for tryig to clarify that.

    On top of that, "What does it matter to you?" not " What does it matter for you" that's what I gall grammar being incorrect.
    Sorry for misspelling. I ment call.

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    Re: we was/you was istead of we were/you were

    Quote Originally Posted by ostap77 View Post
    When here from a lower-midle clas guy " You was great! and We was going there". Does that mean one lacks grammar or one's being informal?
    Did you hear those from native speakers of English?

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    Re: we was/you was istead of we were/you were

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    Did you hear those from native speakers of English?
    Yes. From an Afroamerican cop. Was it what they call "ebonics" not sure about the spelling. I mean the use of the English language adopted by Afroamericans.

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    Re: we was/you was istead of we were/you were

    Some Londoners speak like that. 'We was on this bus, when, all of a sudden ...' 'you was marvellous darlin'' I speak like that.

    If people speak like that, then the grammar is wrong, not the people. Grammar is a description of how people speak. Grammars are not always adequate.

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