Anonymous asked in Society & CultureLanguages · 1 month ago

Why is “done” said before verbs in ebonics?

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  • 1 month ago

    "Done" is an auxiliary verb in both African American AND Southern US dialects, equivalent to the Standard English auxiliary verb 'have'. 

    FYI, "Ebonics" is an obsolete term avoided by linguists.

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      1 month agoReport

      AAVE [African American Vernacular English] is a recognized dialect. But Erik is right that 'done' is not exclusive to AAVE [the usage tends to be rural]. He is also right that "Ebonics" is an obsolete, derogatory term avoided by linguists.

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  • 1 month ago

    That's a Southern thing that is not limited to any ethnicity but is common in the rural South. 

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