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    #1

    If she don't I shall kill her.

    Hi,
    I was reading an English fairy tale "Tom Tit Tot".

    "Look you here, I want a wife, and I will marry your daughter. But look you here," says he, "eleven months out of the year she shall have all she likes to eat, and all the gowns she likes to get, and all the company she likes to keep; but the last month of the year she'll have to spin five skeins everyday, and if she don't I shall kill her."

    As you can see the underlined part, there says "she don't", but I think it should be, grammatically, "she doesn't". What is the particular grammar point there? why is it so? I know there are some situations where we use such a way. But I can't figure out why it is used such a way here.

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    Re: If she don't I shall kill her.

    I think it should be, grammatically, "she doesn't".

    Grammatically you are quite right, of course. By choosing "don't" the author was trying to express a certain historical feel, to give his speaker a certain character. The speaker is a bit of an old-fashioned villain (or goondah, if that word means anything to you.)

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    Re: If she don't I shall kill her.

    She don't is used in some regions- it's not a standard form, so it gives some colour to the context. Don't try it in an exam.

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