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    Don't be doing

    Don't be doing nothing stupid.

    I can not understand what kind of sentence is this.

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    Re: Don't be doing

    It's an ungrammatical sentence.

    Where did you find it?

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    Re: Don't be doing

    Applachian outlaws

    Season 1 episode 2 at 15.31 in the timeline.
    Complete sentence:Don't be doing nothing stupid bud.
    He was trying to get someone to back away from his property and he said don't be doing nothing stupid bud to a guy who had knife in his hand.
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    #4

    Re: Don't be doing

    It is an imperative sentence (a command). It contains a double negative and there should be a comma before "Bud". "Be doing" is very informal.

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    Re: Don't be doing

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    Hello, Gurpreetgill4u:

    A teacher has already answered you.

    I just thought that you might like to know that standard English would probably express the idea something like this:

    "Don't do anything stupid."

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    Re: Don't be doing

    Quote Originally Posted by TheParser View Post
    ***** NOT A TEACHER *****


    Hello, Gurpreetgill4u:

    A teacher has already answered you.

    I just thought that you might like to know that standard English would probably express the idea something like this:

    "Don't do anything stupid."
    I agree. But there is a small connotational difference. "Don't do anything stupid" is a serious admonition to a friend, a child or someone one cares about. "Don't be doing anything ..." is much more light-hearted, and acknowledges the possibility that the person may choose to do something apparently stupid for fun.

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