Explain me please, why there is no auxiliary verb "have" in this sentence :

I been patiently waiting



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This question was answered in the comments. IMHO, the following are indeed correct:

"It's an ungrammatical / dialectal reduced version of I've been waiting. Don't copy it." – FumbleFingers

"You can find this version (as Perfect Progressive) in African-American Vernacular English (sometimes called 'ebonics'): en.wikipedia.org/wiki/African-American_Vernacular_English" – Alex_ander

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