Definitions starting with B

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be (1)

[Car., US Black; from use after iterative marker DOES, later lost (Rickford 1974:96ff.)]

v. 1. to be (habitually): 1929 I goes down dere, no matter how tired I be (Defries 83). Hotels, restaurants, or any place where tourists mostly be (Nassau). Sometimes he bes here (Eleu.). They is be in the ocean (Mayag.). He doesn't be out in the day (White). (Gen.)

 2. there exist: 1977 Only be three live here (Shilling 144). cf. IS2 3

Tags: grammar, verb

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Last update: 2012-01-06 12:25
Author: Holm and Shilling, DBE, 1982
Revision: 1.2

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