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Itasan



Joined: 05 Nov 2003
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Location: Yokohama, Japan

PostPosted: Tue Mar 06, 2007 11:08 am    Post subject: He a big fool! Reply with quote

Are the following used and do they mean the
same thing as below?
1. He a big devil!
2. He a big fool!

a. He is a big devil.
b. He is a big fool.

Thank you.
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keith



Joined: 17 Oct 2005
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 06, 2007 1:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

1 and 2 are grammatically incorrect as they do not contain a verb.

a and b are correct.

You may hear 1 and 2 used as slang, and in this case, the meaning would be the same as a and b.

Keith
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emile



Joined: 31 May 2004
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Location: SE Asia

PostPosted: Wed Mar 07, 2007 12:48 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

"He a big fool"

You will hear sentences like this spoken in the black community in America. Some people call this way of speaking 'Ebonics' and are trying to push for it to be recognised as a legitimate dialect of English. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ebonics

One aspect of ebonics is to leave out the 'be' verb:

He a big fool.
You wrong!
Where you at?





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sbourque



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PostPosted: Fri Mar 09, 2007 5:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

You will also hear this used by Asian speakers. At least, I heard it in China, and a Vietnamese stand-up comic uses this kind of language when he's doing a Vietnamese accent.
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