Definitions starting with B

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be (2)

[cf. Gul. Bro' Rabbit be look fo' see ef Bro' Wolf been a-comin' (Parsons 1923:40); from BE1 1] preverbal habitual marker 1. before simple verbs: 1977 People be row right up (Shilling 144).

2. before adjectival verbs: 1977 Sometime you be lucky (Shilling 144). It does be white (ibid).

3. before verb + -in': 1917 The boss be sleeping, sure (Cleare 229). 1977 This one gang of fellows up on the roof this morning, they just be playing (Shilling 144). They does be boiling until they come (ibid).

Tags: grammar, preverbal, verb

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Last update: 2010-08-30 02:43
Author: Holm and Shilling, DBE, 1982
Revision: 1.0

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