Elementary Lessons in Historical English Grammar; Containing Accidence and Word-Formation

Elementary Lessons in Historical English Grammar; Containing Accidence and Word-Formation

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1879 edition. Excerpt: ...For some time it was without a plural, as ourself, themself, &c. One's self, (or more properly oneself), is quite a modern form. In Elizabethan English we find a marts self = one's self. In O.E., ana (the nom. of in, one, ) was used like self. In M.E., we find one used for self with the possessive pronoun, as, "be myne one" by myself (Morte Arthure, ed. Brock, p. 125) = "bymew-." An old meaning of self was same. Cp. "the self truth" (Becon), and "self-same." "The same self time." Bale's Works, Park. Soc. p. 23. "For other ruffians, as their fancies wrought, With selfsame hand, self reasons, and self right, Would shark on you." Sir T. More, ed. Shak. Soc. p. 27. III. Adjective Pronouns. 133. The Adjective Pronouns, sometimes called Possessive Pronouns, were formed from the genitive case of the personal pronouns, and were declined like ordinary adjectives. In modern English the possessive pronouns, though only used adjectively, are identical in form with the old genitives of the personal pronouns. Sing.--Mine, my; thine, thy; his, hers, its. Plural.--Our, ours; your, yours; their, theirs. Mine, my; thine, thy. The original forms were mine and thine (O.E. min, thin). The final e is no inflexion, and only marks the length of the preceding vowel. The-n in mine and thine is an old genitive suffix. My and thy are formed from mine and thine by the loss of n, as no from none, a from an. Mine and thine are occasionally used before a noun beginning with a vowel, or h; but this usage is confined to poetry and the solemn style. It is very common in the Bible, and in our old dramatists: --Grve every man thine ear, but few thy voice." Hamlet, 1. 3. "Conduct me to mine...show more

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  • English
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  • 9781236648983