Following the rules of African American dialect, one rule is to drop the 's' on a verb when using third person singular, i.e. "she like, he like" - my question is - for the first person singular, would "I likes" be correct in dialect, or should it be "I like"? without the 's'?

  • I dont really know the formal rules of this, but i am almost certain its "I like". – max pleaner Mar 9 '19 at 4:22
  • “I likes” to me sounds more likely to occur in various dialects in England than in the US. – Janus Bahs Jacquet Mar 9 '19 at 11:37

In AAVE present tense verbs other than be do not change to reflect person or number, so it's like for all cases. Since most "standard" dialects including SAE only have a difference for the third person singular, with all other people and number using the same form, it's only noticeable in this case.

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