The song "Sing for the moment" by Eminem.

Idolize they favorite rappers and know all they songs

The song "Scars to your beautiful" by Alessia Cara.

She don't see her perfect, she don't understand she's worth it

So, my point is why are those forms used here and in many songs? I saw other words that are irregular. Is that only because they would sound nice in songs? Can we use them in everyday speech?

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    Those usages are examples of what has been labeled AAVE. hawaii.edu/satocenter/langnet/definitions/aave.html or en.wikipedia.org/wiki/African-American_Vernacular_English – Tᴚoɯɐuo Jan 10 at 13:18
  • These are non-standard and shouldn't be used in formal writing. – user178049 Jan 10 at 13:19
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    @Tᴚoɯɐuo you should probably post that as an actual answer rather than a comment; it is, after all, the correct explanation. – Darael Jan 10 at 13:26
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    I'm voting to close this question as off-topic because whereas "ungrammatical" colloquial usages such as She don't know them songs are fairly widespread among most Anglophone communities (instead of She doesn't know those songs), the cited use of they for those is almost exclusively an AAVE feature that learners should almost certainly avoid. Imho this makes the question far too vague and broad-based – FumbleFingers Jan 10 at 13:30
  • @Darael: I'm expecting the question to be closed. "Why" is off-topic, and the answer to "Can we use them in everyday speech?" would be opinionated, and again off-topic. – Tᴚoɯɐuo Jan 10 at 13:43

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