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Re: adjectives and adverbs

From:Chris Bates <chris.maths_student@...>
Date:Monday, June 6, 2005, 10:37
This was the original form. English got the progressive am tense
by saying "I am at ----ing", later shortened to "I am" then the
a was dropped completely in standard English. In some dialects I know
it's used more often with the most common verbs like go than with
uncommon verbs I think, and some seem to retain it for all verbs.

> >I delight in American regionalisms. I was in Wal-mart the other day >and I overheard one woman say to another, "Are you goin' to the >pharmacy? That's where I'm a-goin'." I wonder if there's any rule >for when this "a-" can be used. > >Charlie >http://wiki.frath,net/user:caeruleancentaur > > > >