Once I saw this sentence in the movie that: I is in charge of the classroom !

Why after "I" did they use "is" ?
Is that a metaphor ? I wanted to explain this usage to my students but could not.

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    It's probably a facetious usage (deliberately ungrammatical, for some context-specific reason), as per TV comic Ali G's Is it because I's black? But a more complete context would be useful here. If nothing else, what movie? Then we could at least contextualise it from a subtitle file, if not the actual footage. Commented Dec 11, 2019 at 18:11
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    Can you tell us what movie, and what the situation was? Commented Dec 11, 2019 at 18:53
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    its in the " pirate of caribbean " where Jack says this Commented Dec 11, 2019 at 18:57
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    (But if you heard it in Pirates of the Caribbean it's because it was Talk Like a Pirate Day.)
    – Hot Licks
    Commented Dec 12, 2019 at 2:14
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    one said: "I is" is not standard English. The standard English conjugation for "to be" is I am, you are, he/she/it is, we are, they are. However, you will find "I is" used in AAVE (African American Vernacular English), where the verb "to be" is conjugated almost entirely in standard third-singular (I is, you is, he/she/it is, we is, they is/are). So if you're writing a character who speaks AAVE, it would be entirely correct to use, for example, "I's going to the store" instead of "I am." Commented Dec 13, 2019 at 6:33

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If you heard this in "Pirates of the Caribbean", it's because movie pirates typically speak in a non-standard dialect of English. (Actually, pirates didn't talk like this, it has become a stereotype in popular culture, mainly due to how they were portrayed in Disney's "Treasure Island" movie.[1])

You can find similar affectations in the Cockney dialec spoken by Eliza Doolittle in "My Fair Lady". I think this is more true to life, although the characters in the play/movie may be extreme examples of it for dramatic purposes.

[1] 'Pirate Speak' Is A Myth Perpetuated By Disney

  • Yes maybe you are right but I checked the oxford dictionary " I " sometimes indicates 1 Commented Dec 12, 2019 at 18:10
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    I think that's only when it's used as a Roman numeral.
    – Barmar
    Commented Dec 13, 2019 at 5:54
  • You might say "I is a cat, II is a dog, III is a chicken" but that's likely to be confusing and you're better finding another way of expressing it.
    – Stuart F
    Commented Jul 10 at 17:56
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    @StuartF That's also only in writing. The question was about spoken dialogue, they'd say "One is a cat, two is a dog, three is a chicken." I've never heard of anyone pronouncing Roman numerals based on their spelling.
    – Barmar
    Commented Jul 10 at 18:01

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