Dey {helping/linking/intransitive/understanding verb}
this means: "is", "are", "does", "am", "they", "to be", or "to exist" in world English. Of course, depending on the context, that is.


By the way, I gotta say without a doubt this is arguably the most used word in any Nigerian Pidgin English discourse.

Now the reason why dey is also an intransitive verb is because, for example, most sentences in world English contain a subject, verb, and you guessed it right, an object. However, if there is a verb in a particular sentence whilst there isn't any object, we can therefore say that the verb in question is: intransitive as opposed to being: transitive.

I hope that makes sense, ayyy...

Dem dey insait os.

They are inside the house.


Jane Q. Public she no dey laik Joe Soap but Max Mustermann.

Jane Q. Public she does not like Joe Soap but Max Mustermann.


Wetin yu duh deh dey correct. Jus leave am laik dat bikos e no dey wrong.

What you did there is correct. Just leave it like that because it is not wrong.


I dey mek music rait now and mi niid taim fi wok for am. Mek we tok bawt dem tins lieta.

I am producing music right now and I need time to work on it. Let's talk about that stuff later on.
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