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Jul 31 2012   2:32PM GMT

Do you use archaic language in your writing? Get it right!

Ivy Wigmore Ivy Wigmore Profile: Ivy Wigmore

I was exploring archaic speech and grammar a little bit and stumbled across Dan Tobias’ terrific post on archaic English grammar. You really want to read the whole post but I’ll reproduce his handy table here. If you’re going to use archaic language, Tobias will help you get it right.

Pronouns and their Verb Conjugations

These are the things people use most often to “affect” an archaic feel to their language. Here are the correct usages:

Subjective (nominative) Objective (accusative) Possessive (genitive) Verb Ending Irregular Verbs
1st Person Singular I me my, mine 1 none am
2nd Person Singular thou thee thy, thine 1 -est art, hast, dost, shalt, wilt
3rd Person Singular he, she, it him, her, it his, her/hers, its -eth is, hath, doth
1st Person Plural we us our, ours none are
2nd Person Plural ye 2 you your, yours none are
3rd Person Plural they them their, theirs none are


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