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    What does "fixin' to" mean in southern American English especially in Texan English?

    What does "fixin' to" means in Southern American English, in Texan English in particular. Here are a couple of examples.

    (a) Itís fixin' to rain
    (b) I was fixin' to come but I got held up
    In sentence (a) it sounds like "It's either likely to rain" or "It's going to rain".
    In sentence (b) it sounds like "I was planning to come but I got held up".

    I prefer this question to be answered either by native speakers of American English or those who have lived in The Southern parts of the United States especially Texas.

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    Re: What doesn "fixing to" means in Southern American especially in Texan English?

    Quote Originally Posted by Aamir Tariq View Post
    What does "fixin' to" means in Southern American English, in Texan English in particular. Here are a couple of examples.

    (a) Itís fixin' to rain
    (b) I was fixin' to come but I got held up
    In sentence (a) it sounds like "It's either likely to rain" or "It's going to rain".
    In sentence (b) it sounds like "I was planning to come but I got held up".

    I prefer this question to be answered either by native speakers of American English or those who have lived in the southern The Southern parts of the United States especially Texas.

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    You can replace fixin(g) to with "planning to", "getting ready to" or "about to". Texas is one part of the large Southeastern dialect area where you'd be likely to hear this usage.
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    Re: What doesn "fixing to" means in Southern American especially in Texan English?

    I missed a couple of errors at the top of the post. Write: What does "fixin' to" mean in southern American English?
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    Re: What doesn "fixing to" means in Southern American especially in Texan English?

    Quote Originally Posted by GoesStation View Post
    I missed a couple of errors at the top of the post. Write: What does "fixin' to" mean in southern American English?
    Changes made as you suggested. I have come to know that this phrase or expression is also common among Anglo-American community, it's not only just part of the Southern American English but also Anglo-American English. Is that true?

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    Re: What doesn "fixing to" means in Southern American especially in Texan English?

    I don't know what you mean by "Anglo-American." It's not used in England or in other regions of the United States.

    If you are asking if both white and black people use the phrase in the South, the answer is yes.

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    Re: What does "fixin' to" mean in southern American English especially in Texan Engli

    My dad was from Arkansas, and my mom was from (southern) Missouri. I have been well-acquainted with "fixin' to" all my life.

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    Re: What does "fixin' to" mean in southern American English especially in Texan Engli

    My dad was also from Arkansas, and when I was in the Navy, some of my closer friends were from the South. There was a lot of "fixin' to" around me too.

    We were just fixin' to go get some lunch? You want to come along? PT's driving - he's got room to carry you too.

    (That use of "carry" to mean "give you a ride" was a new one from my Navy friends from Georgia. I don't recall ever hearing that in Arkansas.)
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    Re: What doesn "fixing to" means in Southern American especially in Texan English?

    Quote Originally Posted by SoothingDave View Post
    I don't know what you mean by "Anglo-American." It's not used in England or in other regions of the United States.

    If you are asking if both white and black people use the phrase in the South, the answer is yes.
    I am extremely sorry for using Anglo-American English, I wanted to mean Black-American English, I just realized "anglo" is used for English people from Britain.

    I am asking if the black American people also use the same term in their dialect. I mean Black Americans have their own dialect that is different from the southern dialect.

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    Re: What doesn "fixing to" means in Southern American especially in Texan English?

    Quote Originally Posted by Aamir Tariq View Post
    I am extremely sorry for using Anglo-American English, I wanted to mean Black-American English, I just realized "anglo" is used for English people from Britain.

    I am asking if the black American people also use the same term in their dialect. I mean Black Americans have their own dialect that is different from the southern dialect.
    I'll ask some of the people I know.

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