I'm are

Wilson Gray hwgray at GMAIL.COM
Fri Sep 7 19:05:28 UTC 2007

I'm familiar with "I'm is," but neither "I are" nor "I'm are" sound
familiar to me. However, as I've noted elsewhere, I've aged out of
what's currently hip.


On 9/6/07, Scot LaFaive <spiderrmonkey at hotmail.com> wrote:
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> In a recent song by Timbaland ("The Way You Are"), there's an odd piece of
> grammar. The course is as follows:
> "Baby if you strip, you can get a tip
> 'Cause I like you just the way you are
> I'm about to strip and I'm well equipped
> Can you handle me the way I'm are?"
> Some websites say the last line is "Can you handle me the way I are?" but it
> sounds to me like "I'm are" (and some websites agree). Aside from the usage
> of "I" and "are" together, the really cool/crazy/bizarre thing here is the
> use of a double "to be" verb.
> Question: is the chunk "I are" common at all in Black English or was it just
> made up here solely for rhyming purposes?
> Scot
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