Definitions starting with D

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de (2)

/de/; dere, da, dare preverbal progressive marker [Atlantic; cf. DE1and African aspect markers such as Twi progressive "formed with the prefix re (originally de, to be)" (Christaller xxiii); cf. also "Wolof di, present habitual action marker...also Akan, Ewe de with similar as­pectual functions" (Hancock 1971:440, 628)] indicates an action in progress: 1918 Jack was walking along. . An old woman coming up to him. . .say "Me son, va you dere gwine?"(Par­sons 114). 1925 "Ber, war yer dar do yer?". ."I de wait on dens" (Finlay 294). Pain an' ache da rock dis old body (Acklins).

◊ Infrequent except in isolated communities among older people.

Tags: grammar, preverbal

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Last update: 2011-02-14 02:49
Author: Holm and Shilling, DBE, 1982
Revision: 1.0

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