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used in Do You Speak American?

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grammar:  a verb form usually ending in "ed" or "ing" which can also be used as an adjective
  • Besides the loss of the "s," other innovations are the use of be plus a verb in the present participle—for example, he be working—and the use of had plus a past-tense verb, as in Yesterday I had went, or Yesterday I had saw him; these features were not found in black speech before World War II.
    six — Bad-mouthing Black English (32% in)
  • On television, as time became more valuable, commercials shorter, and the programs between the commercials faster-paced, it has been remarked that news programs are leaving out verbs, or using mostly present participles, in a new, abbreviated language; for example, John King on CNN: "Those negotiations continuing.
    one — The Language Wars (96% in)

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