How Speakers of AAE Use stay

Total time for this activity: 20 minutes

In this video, you will learn more about how speakers of AAE use stay in ways that speakers of SE do not. In AAE, stay can be used as both a preverbal particle and as a content word (a verb and a noun) that shares some meanings with SE but has other meanings that are unique to AAE.

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Fill in the table below with the different ways the word stay can be used in AAE. Provide the meaning or a close equivalent in SE, along with an example sentence in AAE.

Different uses of stay in AAEMeaning in Standard EnglishExample Sentence in AAE
stay as an intransitive verb“to live or reside (in)”My cousin, he stay in the city.