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I have watched 2 movies "The way back" & "Just mercy". I noticed that some African American actors say "it don't..." in the movie. I could not find the scripts of these films.

Didn't the director correct the script?

Or is that a correct expression?

Why do some African American people say "it don't..." in some movies?

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    A lot of people say "it don't" for "it doesn't" and I don't believe there is an ethnic bias. It's just the way some people talk. Jun 3, 2020 at 11:34
  • @JavaLatte this question asks "why" the older question asks which form is correct. Well...in some English dialects "it don't" is grammatical* for their uses and for their community.
    – Mari-Lou A
    Jun 3, 2020 at 15:24
  • @Lambie: I downvoted it because it smells of trolling. If an African American actor says "it don't" when playing the part of an African American in a film, there is really nothing that needs explaining, is there?
    – TonyK
    Jun 3, 2020 at 19:54
  • @TonyK Right you are. I have an idea. :) Follow my lead. (It's either complete ignorance or racism.) :) You are right.
    – Lambie
    Jun 3, 2020 at 22:14
  • @Mari-LouA yes, the older question asks which form is correct, but one of the answers explains why :-)
    – JavaLatte
    Jun 4, 2020 at 12:34

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Some African-Americans speak a dialect.

It is called: AAVE: African-American Vernacular English.

BLACK LIVES MATTER

AAVE

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    "Verbs are uninflected for number and person: there is no -s ending in the present-tense third-person singular. Example: She write poetry ("She writes poetry"). AAVE don't for standard English doesn't comes from this, unlike in some other dialects which use don't for standard English doesn't but does when not in the negative. Similarly, was is used for what in standard English are contexts for both was and were.[69]"
    – Tom
    Jun 4, 2020 at 0:09
  • @Tom, why tell me? Your sentence that begins "AAVE don't [etc.]" makes no sense at all.
    – Lambie
    Jun 4, 2020 at 16:05
  • I copied from your link
    – Tom
    Jun 4, 2020 at 16:34
  • You copied badly: Verbs are uninflected for number and person: there is no -s ending in the present-tense third-person singular. Example: She write poetry ("She writes poetry"). AAVE don't for standard English doesn't comes from this, unlike in some other dialects which use don't for standard English doesn't but does when not in the negative. Similarly, was is used for what in standard English are contexts for both was and were.
    – Lambie
    Jun 4, 2020 at 16:45

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