Mod Post: Some basic things about AAVE...
Here are some things that are common in AAVE:
“I ain’t never seen that boy in my life.” // I have never seen that boy in my life.
absence of 3rd-person singular forms:
“He ain’t got no choice but to.” // He doesn’t have any choice but to.
omission of the copula(to be):
“He choosing!” // He is choosing. (I.E. this is another way of saying that the person in question is interested in someone; usually the speaker.)
omission of the auxiliary:
“You playing ball, bruh?” // “Are you playing basketball?”
past participle of strong verb denotes past tense:
“Man, I been done known that!” // “I have known about that for a long time.”
This and certain terms and idioms for certain people (i.e. the “po-po” and “5-0″ mean “the police”; “trap star” or “pusher” means a drug dealer specializing in heavier fare than weed), places (i.e. “the crib” means “the/my home”), things (i.e. “going H.A.M.” or “going Fed” means “getting wild” or “going off”), or actions (i.e. “hit the slab” means “hit the highway” or “let’s go”) make up the bulk of what AAVE is.
It’s a legitimate English dialect that many people speak. And most black people have been taught how to naturally code switch (or change dialects) depending on who they’re talking to and what environment they’re currently in.
Still, if you aren’t black, you shouldn’t be using it… especially after so many of us have been made to feel lesser than for speaking it our entire lives.