Date: Fri, 22 May 1998 11:49:51 -0400
From: Beverly Flanigan
Subject: Re: your query

I just read about this construction recently but can't recall where; I'll
keep looking, and perhaps someone else will find it too. The past perfect
is what's at issue (with deleted participle suffix /d/, common in speech),
and apparently it's becoming used in African American English where simple
past would be sufficient. Does this fit your findings?

At , you wrote:
>At 04:31 PM 5/21/98 -0500, you wrote:
>> Recently, I have been hearing this phrase when someone is
>>responding to various questions such as where were you? what happened to
>>you? I thought you were going to....? and on occassions where someon is
explaining their reasoning for certain answers.
>>reasons for answer etc.
>>Is this a common nonstandard form or is it becoming more common recently?
>>Are there any studies out there on this construction? Where can I find
>>Ditra B. Henry
>>ESL Coordinator
>>Project Success
>>Northeastern Illinois University
>>5500 North St. Louis Ave.
>>Chicago, IL 60625-4699
>>ph. 773-583-4050 xt.3162