African American Vernacular EnglishThe cookie monster be eating cookiesThe cookie monster is eating cookies habitually (i.e. not necessarily presently).

> It is a common misconception that AAVE speakers simply replace is with be across all tenses with no added meaning. In fact, AAVE speakers use be to mark a habitual grammatical aspect not explicitly distinguished in Standard English. For example, to be singing means to sing habitually, not to presently be singing. In one experiment, children were shown drawings of Elmo eating cookies while Cookie Monster looked on. Both black and white subjects agreed that Elmo is eating cookies, but the black children said that Cookie Monster be eating cookies. [Source](