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Re: adjectives and adverbs

From:caeruleancentaur <caeruleancentaur@...>
Date:Monday, June 6, 2005, 13:01
--- In, Chris Bates
<chris.maths_student@N...> wrote:
>This was the original form. English got the progressive am >tense by saying "I am at ----ing", later shortened to "I am a- >" 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 >
--- End forwarded message --- Thanks. I guess it would seem strange to say/hear "I'm a-computing" or "I'm a-perambulating." :-) Charlie