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'It's me has to clean up the mess,always me.'

This is from an everday speech from the book A Daughter's Duty' by Maggie Hope. Is this phrase missing 'that'? Shouldn't it be 'It's me that has to clean up the mess,always me.'.

How is this sentence grammatically correct? Can you tell me where the subject verb and object are?

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    Strictly speaking, yes, it should - but this is colloquial speech, which isn't always grammatical. Commented Feb 12, 2023 at 9:21
  • It's colloquial and could be AmE or BrE, fyi.
    – Lambie
    Commented Feb 12, 2023 at 19:12
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    It's not standard English. It's an example of colloquial speech (or dialect) from the North East of England. The author is from County Durham, although I haven't read the book, I suspect it's set somewhere around there.
    – Billy Kerr
    Commented Mar 24, 2023 at 9:29
  • It's grammatical in its dialect. It wouldn't be in Standard English.
    – Colin Fine
    Commented Mar 24, 2023 at 12:53
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    Standard: It's me who, not that.
    – Lambie
    Commented Nov 19, 2023 at 18:33

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The phrase "It's me has to clean up the mess, always me." is grammatically correct, but it could be seen as informal or conversational in tone. Omitting the conjunction "that" is common in informal speech and writing.

However, including the conjunction "that" in the sentence would make it sound more formal and would make it clear that "me" is the subject of the sentence: "It's me that has to clean up the mess, always me."

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  • How is it grammatically correct? Can you explain please?
    – user57928
    Commented Feb 13, 2023 at 11:39

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