"ain't do nothing"
|Date:||Tuesday, May 18, 2004, 19:04|
Ray Brown scripsit:
> That's precisely why I pointed out that *"ain't do nothing" does not occur
> in any variety of English. I'm delineating actual usage - it ain't used.
I missed this before. It actually is used in all but the highest
registers of AAVE, and has roughly the sense of Standard English
"haven't done anything". This can cause considerable confusion between
AAVE-speakers and other anglophones, as in the sentence "They ain't
like that", which means "They aren't like that" in most dialects but
"They don't like that" in AAVE.
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