How many times he tell me that?

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Eir Stegalkin

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Italian
  • Maggie Fitzgerald
    Did you see the fight?

  • Eddie Scrap-Iron Dupris
    Course I did. You had her cold, Maggie.

  • Maggie Fitzgerald
    I shouldn't a dropped my hands.
    I shouldn't a turned.
    Always protect myself, how many times he tell me that?

  • Unknown
    Does like to repeat himself.

    This is a dialog fragment of the film Million Dollar Baby; How can be explained the choice of TELL instead of TOLD?
 
  • Copyright

    Senior Member
    American English
    I think the standard version would be "How many times did he tell me that?" So the "did" has been dropped.
     

    Biffo

    Senior Member
    English - England
    Did you transcribe the dialogue yourself, did someone else transcribe it or is the dialog from the official script?

    The grammar is incorrect. It could be, "...how many times'd he tell me that?" ("...how many times did he tell me that?")

    (posted at same time as Copyright)
     

    Copyright

    Senior Member
    American English
    Yes, spoken language. The character may be out of breath and dropping words, or this may be her natural way of speaking.
     
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