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    A-coming

    Major Payne:
    "Somebody's gonna answer for this blood from my lip.
    I want names.
    I wanna know who's responsible.
    Don't all run at once.
    I guess nobody's responsible.

    Guess I just had that one a-comin'.
    Well, you know what y'all got comin' ?
    Seven 23-hour days...
    full of fun and adventure.
    I'm gonna make you boys strong !"
    What is "A-coming" ? It would be great if you will supply some more examples with this phrase.
    Thanks in advance.
    If my post contains errors of any kind, I'd appreciate anyone setting me straight.

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    Re: A-coming

    This isn't really a word so much as a way of saying "coming". "I guess I had that one coming" is the same as saying "I probably deserved that" when something bad happens to you. "a-comming" is just a weird way of saying it that isn't generally used. The particular movie this is from isn't really a prime example of how people talk in real life, Major Payne speaks the way he does to make the movie funnier.

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    Re: A-coming

    I don't know the source or context of this but it sounds like someone imitating a stereotypical uneducated southerner's speech.
    Кому - нары, кому - Канары.

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    Re: A-coming

    Quote Originally Posted by sperk
    I don't know the source or context of this but it sounds like someone imitating a stereotypical uneducated southerner's speech.
    Its a comedy movie about training kids in military camp and you are correct.

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    Re: A-coming

    You find verbs with a- in poetry and songs frequently. It seems to get added to progressive forms only and I feel it increases the sense of progression. Another example:

    Right Now I'm A-Roaming

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    Re: A-coming

    Thanks to all.
    bitpicker, nice link!
    If my post contains errors of any kind, I'd appreciate anyone setting me straight.

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    Re: A-coming

    Quote Originally Posted by sperk
    I don't know the source or context of this but it sounds like someone imitating a stereotypical uneducated southerner's speech.
    I would add that if you're going to prefix a progressive verb form with a-, it's почти обязательно to drop the -g at the end!

    "Plan Number 6 is where we come a-ridin' into town, a-whompin' an' a-stompin' ever' last livin' thing that moves within a' inch of its life..."
    (from the Western-parody Blazing Saddles)
    "On a sunny day
    In the month of May
    A hobo came a-hikin'..."
    (from the folk song "Big Rock Candy Mountain")
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