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Is "she don't" sometimes considered correct form?

You should understand that, in school, you will be taught a certain kind of "formal" (or "standard") English, much the same as what native English speakers are taught. This is not necessarily the ...
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Is "she don't" sometimes considered correct form?

3d-person singular don't is quite common and unremarkable in speech communities where formal correctness is not held in particular esteem. It should not disturb you. But it's not acceptable in ...
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Is "she don't" sometimes considered correct form?

Your question is clear and concise, and warrants a clear and concise answer, without equivocation: Is “she don't” sometimes considered correct form? The answer to that question is: No. The ...
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Who is/are they?

Short Answer: Because Person B is referring back to Person A's sentence. Long Answer: A: I assume you know about the latest goings-on with Hessington oil. B: I wouldn't be much of a partner if I ...
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Why do we have to use 'have got' instead of 'got'?

In the first sentence, "got" is redundant. You can just say "I don't know how much money he has." This refers to the amount of money he already possesses. The second sentence, "I don't know how much ...
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Who is/are they?

Use-mention distinction This is an example of the use-mention distinction. In the sentence "Who is they [sic].", "they" isn't being used as a pronoun, but instead is being used a word. That is, it's ...
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"None of the kids were hungry" Or "None of the kids was hungry"

Both sentences are grammatical. When you use the phrase "none of" in front of a plural noun or pronoun, you can use either a singular or plural form of a verb. However, the plural form is common ...
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Should I say "what does it means" or "what does it mean"?

Here are the relevant rules: A clause never has more than one finite verb - a verb that is marked for tense, person and number (to the extent that it can be marked for any of these categories. When ...
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Grammatically correct: 'are you hurt' and 'do you hurt'

Both are grammatically correct; however, they mean slightly different things. "Are you hurt?" asks if the person is injured; "Do you hurt?" asks if the person is in pain.
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Why is "I'll be", wrong as a short answer?

Heh, I think you answered your own question in your own question. It's wrong precisely because it's a response with an auxiliary verb, and therefore, we do not repeat the other verb in the short ...
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Which is the correct phrasing: Do any or Does any?

The subject in both sentences is "philosophy," which is singular. The verb in both sentences is in the present tense. Singular, third person verbs in the present tense (except for modals) terminate ...
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"May (might,can) could have" and "Must should have/should must have" impossible?

English auxiliary verbs combine into more complex constructions according to wholly inflexible rules: the sequence is always the modal component first (if it is present), with the following verb in ...
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Is "she don't" sometimes considered correct form?

What the other respondents fail to mention is that there is a whole dialect in American English (i.e., black inner-city English), that uses "don't" in the third person singular as a matter of course. ...
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"How much do" or "How much does"?

The answer is How much do Pacquiao-Mayweather tickets cost? (Better off without capitalization when you're asking a question from your friend) The misunderstanding, I believe, is caused by these two ...
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What does "ain't" mean in "if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it"?

"If it ain't broke, don't fix it" is not grammatically correct standard English. This is deliberate. It's meant to sound simple, blunt, and uncultured because it's old, common-sense advice. You can ...
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Can the auxiliary verbs be optional sometimes?

His son was smart and his daughter ___ intelligent. This website has been shut down and its name ___ turned over by court order. This is called ‘gapped coordination’ (or just ‘gapping’). The ...
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Grammatically correct: 'are you hurt' and 'do you hurt'

The other answers are correct, but as a native speaker, I'd like to note that "Do you hurt?" may have unwanted connotations here. To me, it sounds like you're asking about a periodic or indefinite ...
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When to use don't + pronoun

In all the varieties of English that I am familiar with, a tag question on a sentence with an auxiliary (or a form of be even when it is a full verb) uses the auxiliary in the tag question, not do: ...
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Can the auxiliary verbs be optional sometimes?

These sentences are examples of ellipsis, where text that is duplicated in two clauses is omitted from the second clause. They are both perfectly correct. The particular type in these example is ...
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She is at next door

In general when describing a person's location we say they "are in" or "are at" some place. "She is at Aunt Sally's house." "He is in the store." "He is at work." Etc. If we are using a preposition ...
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difference between won't and wouldn't

"Won't" is the short form of "will not". 'Wouldn't" is the short form of "would not" and would is the past form of will. Won't and wouldn't are very common and informal in use, whereas will not and ...
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Do I use 'was' or 'did' as an auxiliary in an interrogative clause?

Because you're using "taste", you need to use "did". Did the cheese taste delicious? However, if you omit "taste", you would use "was". I would argue that this form is much more common because, in ...
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noun after "to"

Have to is an accidental collocation, not the verbal idiom = must. Parse it like this: The access [which] smartphones have . . . What kind of access? access to vast amounts of information ...
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Use "got" or "have got"?

HAVE got is an idiom equivalent to HAVE. I've got a report to do = I have a report to do Have you got time to read this? = Do you have time to read this? In Standard English (whatever that is),...
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Help explaining "Where am I?" vs "...where I am"

The subject and auxiliary verb are normally switched order in a question. This process is called a subject-auxiliary inversion. That's why the auxliary verb precedes the subject in your first example. ...
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Use of "have to" vs "am to"

"Be to", oddly enough, means that you have been directed or destined to do something by someone else. I can't. My mother says I am to clean my room. I am to go to London in a fortnight and ...
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'Would you mind' and 'Do you mind'

Would you mind speaking in English? is a polite request. Do you mind speaking in English? comes across more harshly, and implies you are being inconvenienced somehow by not hearing English. A bit ...
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