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Chapter 2. Grammar > Standard English and Dialects

Standard English and Dialects

There are many varieties of English. Listen to people talk; you will hear many differences. Some say, “Hand me that bucket.” Others say, “Get the pail.” In Texas, the word “beer” is pronounced to sound like “bear.” (“Git me another Lone Star bear.”) When Easterners pronounce the name of the country’s largest city, it comes out something like “Noo Yawk.”

There are differences in grammar, too. A speaker of standard English would say, “He doesn’t have his own office.” Someone else might say, “He don’t have his own office.” Standard English is the variety of the language that is commonly accepted as correct.


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