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Please teach me if the article "a" needs in this sentence?


"I'm a goona be a big star". (---It comes from the lylics in a song. )
 

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It doesn't need to be there. In a way its funny because someone is imitating an English speaker who has an Italian accent
 

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I think it may be a kind of alliteration used to make the song's lyrics flow with the music.
 

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The addition of a to emphasize an ongoing action is a feature of some dialects of English.

I'm a looking for my shoe.
He's a talking to you.
 

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Why not, Ivan?

I'm a going to [goona] be a star.
I'm a thinking about what you said.
I'm a posting this response.
I'm a telling you I'm right.
 

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You said this addition emphasises something currently taking place, something in progress...
I'm not familiar with this kind of emphasis, so I'm just asking :)arrow: :-D)...
 

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Please teach me if the article "a" is needed in this sentence?


"I'm a goona be a big star". (---It comes from the lyrics in a song. )

It is not the indefinite article, but a colloquial form of speech, usually hyphenated: a-going.
 

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Here is an excellent article on what is known as "a-prefixing," a feature of a dialect of English spoken by some people living in the part of America where I live. Do You Speak American | PBS
 

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I remember learning about this in my varieties of English class just months ago. I also remember shaking my head after the class thinking "I hate English after all". Too many varieties.
 

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Please teach me if the article "a" needs in this sentence? Your grammar is not correct.
Please (teach)(tell) me if the article "a" is needed in this sentence. (better because it emphasizes the article "a")

Please (teach)(tell) me if this sentence needs the article "a". (also grammatically correct)


"I'm a goona be a big star". (---It comes from the lylics in a song. )
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I also remember shaking my head after the class thinking "I hate English after all".
Too many varieties. I am quite sure this applies to most, if not all, languages in the world. It certainly applies to languages that are widely spoken.
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I am quite sure this applies to most, if not all, languages in the world. It certainly applies to languages that are widely spoken.
Precisely!
 

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Dear IvanV, mykwyner , Anglika , HaraKiriBlade , 2006


First of all, thank you very much for giving me various information
as to my question.

I checked more about this song. It's one of the Beatles songs:
"Act Naturally".

It's new for me to know about the "a-prefixing" as a feature of
a dialect of English spoken by some people living in the part of America.

Learning English is sometimes difficult in some time.
However, the more I know, the more I want to study English.

I appreciate for all of you.
 
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