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    sees him there

    Hello,

    Sometimes I come across "I sees him" (I saw him), "I buys it" (I bought it), I goes there (I went there) etc. Is this kind of jargon still used today? I am asking because I have found it in an older literature (chiefly people from the lowest class used it in the tales).

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    Re: sees him there

    Yes. It's bad grammar, and it's still used today.

    In the US state of Maine, where I live, people often say "I seen him." That's also bad grammar.
    I'm not a teacher. I speak American English. I've tutored writing at the University of Southern Maine and have done a good deal of copy editing and writing, occasionally for publication.

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    Re: sees him there

    It is the type of language used in certain literature meant to depict uneducated lower class characters. I dare say someone somewhere still speaks like this, but it feels very dated to me.

    I wouldn't call it jargon, though.
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    #4

    Re: sees him there

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    . . . I wouldn't call it jargon, though.
    Right. It's colloquial. And NOT standard!
    I'm not a teacher. I speak American English. I've tutored writing at the University of Southern Maine and have done a good deal of copy editing and writing, occasionally for publication.

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    Re: sees him there

    You'll hear speakers in some regions of the UK use it- I hear it sometimes in London.

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