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    #1

    be done see

    1. "But I be done seen 'bout ever'thing when I see an elephant fly."

    2. "We done seen the light."

    I copied these sentences form Dumbo, the elephant cartoon, but I couldn't find the point in grammar. Could you please help me find what structure these sentences have?

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    #2

    Re: be done see

    Don't learn English from cartoon elephants.

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    #3

    Re: be done see

    Quote Originally Posted by atabitaraf View Post
    I couldn't find the point in grammar.
    You won't. You may find regions where these forms exist, but you won't find standard grammar points backing them up.

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    #4

    Re: be done see

    In fairness to the title character, he does not speak that way. Dumbo never says a word in that movie.

    The crows, in another embarrassingly racist portrayal common to the era, are the ones who speak that way. Don't learn grammar from cartoons, period, might be better advice. But don't blame the elephant.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    #5

    Re: be done see

    I was going to say that it seemed to me to be a mocking "Negro slave" accent, but wasn't sure.

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