The Elements of Anglo-Saxon Grammar
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. 1823 edition. Excerpt: ...that self was a substantive, as the true English adjective does not vary in the plural number. Another cause of their mistake might be, that they considered my, thy, our, your, to which self is usually joined, as pronouns possessive; whereas I think it more probable that they were the Saxon genitive cases of the personal pronouns. The metaphysical substantive self, of which our more modern philosophers and poets have made so much use, was unknown, I believe, in the time of Chaucer." (See Tyrwhitt's Essay on the Language rc of Chaucer.) Se the pip Mis /6nij, aeni any Naenij none /Enhpic or asnhpig each one. Sum some /Blc a Aupep other /61c-uht any thing Nan-uht nothing Ylc, ylce same Spile, ppilce such /Bjr/Sep either NaSep neither Apiht ought, any thing.. / Napiht 1 nouS nothing. These and some other words are definitives; but Se the, commonly called an article, and pip this, generally denominated a demonstrative pronoun, will require the first and most particular attention. Declension of the Article 8 and other Definitives. 45. The article or definitive pe, peo9, past, the, that, has three genders, and is thus declined: 8 An article is a word prefixed to substantives to direct and limit their application, either to a single thing not previously mentioned or known, or to a single thing or a number of things already known or mentioned: as, an eagle, a, garden, the woman. Substantives may be said to be already known, when they have been talked of, mentioned, or understood before. In the former case the article is said to be Indefinite; in the latter, Definite. It is here we shall discover the use of the two English articles A and The. A respects our primary perception, and denotes individuals as unknown. The respects our secondary...
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