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  1. Anonymous

    Several problems

    I've lately encountered several problems in colloquial English (I found those phrases in one media).

    The native English says

    1)" When do I get my money?"

    I would say "When will(shall) I get my money?"

    2) "They said you was important once"

    I would say "They said you were important once"

    Am I right?

    What are these phrases? Errors? Dialect? Cockney English?

  2. Editor,
    English Teacher
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    1- This is a common usage in British English, though many would prefer 'shall\will' there.
    2- This is used by Cockneys and in other dialects, but most standard English speakers would consider it wrong. It would certainly be marked wrong in an ESL exam:

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