In African American dialect, is it “I like” or “I likes”?

Following the rules of African American dialect, one rule is to drop the ‘s’ on a verb when using third person singular, i.e. “she like, he like” – my question is – for the first person singular, would “I likes” be correct in dialect, or should it be “I like”? without the ‘s’?


In AAVE present tense verbs other than be do not change to reflect person or number, so it’s like for all cases. Since most “standard” dialects including SAE only have a difference for the third person singular, with all other people and number using the same form, it’s only noticeable in this case.

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