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I watched Tarantino's The Hateful Eight and heard the following dialogue between Major Marquis Warren and John Ruth:

  • I know you too.
  • We shared a steak dinner once upon a time in Chattanooga.
  • You John Ruth, the hangman.
  • That be me

So for me, John Ruth phrase sounds pretty strange like there is a skipped word like will or would. Is there really a skipped word? If yes why is it skipped? Maybe it's common for dialects?

What is a difference from just "Yes it's me"? I suppose the meaning is the same, but nuances are different. Did John Ruth wish to sound kind of peculiar saying this, or maybe it's just a common way of saying that in the context of the movie?

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You're right. That would be incorrect English, but the thing is that that's not what he actually says. He does say it using correct English grammar: That'd be me. He doesn't skip anything. That'd is just a contraction of that would. Do you understand? It's just that the subtitles that you're using are not of very good quality. Listen closely to this short audio clip that I copied from the movie for you.

  • Hmm, in subtitles I downloaded from the first link in google it's written that be me. Yes I understand what is contraction, I just can't hear that 'd distinctly, no matter how many attempts I make, it seems that I just don't have enough practice of hearing that way of speech to distinguish this. Thank You. – Vitaly Mar 17 '18 at 20:01
  • @Vitaly Don't worry. You'll get there one day. – Michael Rybkin Mar 17 '18 at 20:22

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