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Autor:  Dale/RS
E-mail:  dale.thomas@hy.com.br
Data:  09/ABR/2006 2:45 PM
Assunto:  Geese a-laying

Sometimes you'll find verbs that that use the form "a + verb", and not necessarily in the gerund form. For example:  a+breast = abreast, a+count = account, a+counting = accounting, a+fresh = afresh, a+minister +administer, a+wait = await etc.  However, I believe in the song the extra "a" is used merely for poetic effect.  Especially among children, you'll hear the extra "a" sound before the gerund.  Why?  I'll have to ask a kid the next time I hear one use the additional "a".


I went ariding my bike with Jimmy.

I was areading my book and minding my own business when the dog up and bit me on the leg.

I was ahoping you'd come today.

The bee bit his neck and he started ahopping around.



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Geese a-laying  –  Tiago T.  09/ABR/2006, 2:14 PM
 Geese a-laying  –  Dale/RS  09/ABR/2006, 2:45 PM

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