Explain for me, E. I cannot readily think of "I seen" being proper in any context.
Originally Posted by kayb
"I seen" isn't incorrect per se. It's just not in the dialect of the ruling class, which is one version of English among many (I would guess hundreds). In a lot of versions of English, "I seen" is correct, while "X saw" and "X had/have seen" are wrong. If "I seen" is intrinsically improper because it's not part of Standard English, then Spanish is intrinsically improper as well.
Originally Posted by Eilonwy
OK. My English teachers would freak out if I ever said "I seen."
Originally Posted by kayb
I personally love the Urban Dictionary definition

http://m.urbandictionary.com/#define?term=I%20seen

^and the midwest is not the only place 'I seen' is widely used.

Throw out some oldies but goodies at your teacher and when he/she freaks ask him/her why Shakespeare is still considered acceptable. Hardy har.

Really, though. It is roots of the language, mixed with different dialects.
When I hear terms like "hipster" I think, who told cliques they could leave high school??


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