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Silver

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Chinese,Cantonese,Sichuan dialect
Hi,

I met my student who had just finished his exams today, when he saw me, he was very happy. I said this before he said anything:

You must did very well.

I wonder if the bold is natural. I guess must did very well is wrong, but I've heard some black people here use it when I told them that I earned a lot last year by working as a tutor.

I need your help.
 
  • Silver

    Senior Member
    Chinese,Cantonese,Sichuan dialect
    Thanks a lot, dermott. I wonder if "have done very well" is also natural is my context. Guess my student did very well in his exams.
     

    sound shift

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    English - England
    "You've done very well" would not be a natural thing to say in your original context: before your student said anything. You could say "By the look on your face, I assume you've done very well" or some other phrase that refers to his happy expression.
     

    Sparky Malarky

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    English - US
    Hi,

    I met my student who had just finished his exams today, when he saw me, he was very happy. I said this before he said anything:

    You must did very well.

    I wonder if the bold is natural. I guess must did very well is wrong, but I've heard some black people here use it when I told them that I earned a lot last year by working as a tutor.

    I need your help.
    Even then, they probably said "You must've did...."

    This is non-standard but is common in some regional dialects and in some dialects used by African Americans, along with "I had went," "I had ate," etc.
     
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