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was

INV Car.; cf. US dial. "I wasn't done it" ADD; from was in past progressive, but influenced semantically by African preverbal markers of anteri-or (see BEEN, DID)] preverbal marker, indicates an anterior action: 1918 This was be king (Parsons 117). 1936 Befo' I cud pick up mull chalk an' put down he name, Missa Young wuz done lef' fer Rum Cay (Dupuch 91). 1966 Booky was hide under the bed (Crowley 54). Booky was happen to be under the bed (ibid 100). Ι was born in the States when my mother was bin off the island (Ragged). That was belong to them but it don't no more (San Sal.). (Black)

Tags: preverbal

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Last update: 2010-11-07 18:59
Author: Holm and Shilling, DBE, 1982
Revision: 1.1

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