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In the second episode of season 6 of the HBO series Girls, a girl is telling her grandma, "You've really did it." in a context of passing years. It's totally incorrect so please, can someone explain this to me? Why didn't she say, "You've really done it." ?

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    are you sure she didn’t say, “You really did it.”? – Jim Feb 27 '17 at 18:18
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    Why didn't you say "why didn't she say"? – Spencer Feb 27 '17 at 18:54
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    Because she is an uneducated speaker, that's why. Let's just say it, shall we? That is what I call a "class"-based mistake". It's marked as anuneducated sociolect and that speaker would also probably say: She don't like me. [caveat: I do not give a hoot about how people speak unless they are supposed to speak a certain way. I hear CNN journalists and commentators who are INCAPALBE of using the conditional correctly: If it rainED, I would go. I hear: If it would rain, I would go. Those are the people to bash, those types of people. They are paid to know better!!] – Lambie Feb 27 '17 at 19:01
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    We have no idea why she said what she said... – AmE speaker Feb 27 '17 at 22:12
  • Basically, hickspeak. – curious-proofreader Feb 28 '17 at 0:30
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Television shows are usually comedic. Like @Lambie said,

Because she is an uneducated speaker, that's why. [...] It's marked as an uneducated sociolect and that speaker would also probably say: She don't like me.

There are numerous times when television shows purposely have their character speak incorrect English. This is, like I said above, for comedic relief. Some people find grammatical stupidity funny.

EDIT: Kind of like the new popular meme: "Cash me ousside how bow dah!"

  • Can somebody explain why I got downvoted, as there aren't any other answers here? – Emereal Feb 27 '17 at 22:25
  • Although I also haven't voted against this answer, I'll be a little more express with my hypothesis since you have asked: I doubt there is presently enough context to answer the question definitively . Your hypothesis is one of at least several reasons the statement may have been uttered. What if this is not played off for comedy, but instead an honest, heat-of-the-moment mistake elicited by excitement for one of grandma's recent successes? I am not currently sure enough what a "passing years" context is. We also usually expect answers to be corroborated by facts, experiences and references. – Tonepoet Feb 27 '17 at 23:49
  • @Tonepoet The context Is in the second episode of season 6 HBO Girls – Nick Mar 1 '17 at 12:37
  • Thank You @Emereal. I tottaly get it. Its kinda like this common mistake "If i wouldve voted, I wouldve voted for...". – Nick Mar 1 '17 at 12:38
  • @Nick Now you can accept my answer by clicking the checkmark next to my answer. – Emereal Mar 2 '17 at 1:13

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