"people be saying..."

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"people be saying..."

Post by Lignator » Sat Dec 15, 2018 9:27 pm

"People be saying..."
I couldn't find such usage of the verb "to be" in my grammar handbook, so I suppose it is some kind of slang or informal English. But what exactly does it mean? And would you please give me more examples of this usage?

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Re: "people be saying..."

Post by Alan » Wed Dec 26, 2018 1:35 pm

It is not standard usage!

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