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Historical and contemporary usage of "don't" for the third singular person

Discussion in 'Language & Culture' started by user66974, Oct 8, 2018.

  1. user66974

    user66974 Guest

    The following extract from M-W Learner's Dictionary comments on the usage of "don't":

    • Don't is occasionally used in American English speech and in historical writing as a contraction of does not (as in, "He don't know where he is going."), but this use is now considered improper and should be avoided. Remember that in modern speech and writing, don't cannot be used in the third person singular.

    Google Books actually confirms the historical usage, but this ungrammatical expression appears to be relatively common still nowadays, and not only in spoken language.


    • Was the usage of "don't" for the third singular person considered grammatical/correct in the past? If so,

    • When and why did the "does" form become considered to be the only correct expression?

    • Is its current usage still and AmE thing or is it used as nonstandard expression also in other English dialects?

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