[lit-ideas] Re: grades & kleenex

  • From: Harold Hungerford <hh@xxxxxxxxx>
  • To: lit-ideas@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Fri, 7 May 2004 18:10:58 -0700

No. No. No. In Old English (449-1066+), the third-person pronoun 
declensions went like this (the order is nominative, genitive, dative, 

Masculine: he / his / him / hine                (now he / his / him / him)

Feminine: hio or heo / hire /hire / hie (now she / her / her / her)

Neuter: hit / his / him/ hit                            (now it / it / its / it)

Plural: hie / hira / him / hie                          (now they / their / 
them / them)

Spellings vary according to the regional dialect. But it's obvious that 
the whole system is potentially unstable.

Harold Hungerford

On May 7, 2004, at 5:46 PM, andy amago wrote:

So if I understand correctly, there was no subjective form of the 
feminine pronoun, just the objective?  If so, wouldn't that be the same 
thing, not to be able to say she as distinct from he?  Wait, wait, 
don't tell me.  I got it.  There was only one form.  She as distinct 
from her.  So her picked berries in the woods.  So did him pick berries 
in the woods too?

I'm being a regular BOME head tonight.


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