Date: Wed, 3 Aug 1994 13:47:07 -0400
From: I'M ZEN LIKE DAT LGASTON[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]NPR.ORG
I joined this conference out of curiousity about what people into
dialacts talk about: I learned a new term like "the immutable form of
be" but I've already forgotten it!!!!
So I thought this would be a good place to share some progressive
tense forms I've been studying. (A friend and I were just being silly
and came up with these.) Use the phrase "to be gone", we've come up
with the following uses in African-American culture.
Again, this is for humor only...I don't mean to offend anyone
(including my mother, who raised me better):
Been gone: When the stress is on 'been', this tense implies something
has been gone a fairly long time. Example: That bus *been* gone!
Done been gone: When the stress is on 'done', this tense implies
something has been gone a very long time. Example: That bus done
Been done been gone: When the stress is on the first 'been', this
tense implies something has been gone a very, very long time.
Example: That bus *been* done been gone!
Actually, I've never heard the latter expression used in real life!
For some reason, we know when to stop; when it "feels" right... ??
Love to hear your thoughts on this.