aefenglommung (aefenglommung) wrote,
aefenglommung
aefenglommung

Pronoun Trouble

Bugs: Be quiet. He doesn't have to shoot you now.
Daffy: He does so have to shoot me now. To Elmer: I demand that you shoot me now!
After the shotgun blast, they run through it again.
Daffy: Aha! That's it! Aside:Pronoun trouble.

Choosing your own personal pronouns on campus is the latest craziness foisted upon our weary society by the self-absorbed. Just at the point where English is as stripped down and easy as it's ever been, we've got people who want to re-complicate it. I say, let's show 'em what a really complicated set of pronouns looks like. Let's adopt the whole personal pronoun system of Old English!

Which follows.

First person pronoun, Singular number ("I"):
Nominative, ic
Genitive, min
Dative, me
Accusative, mec, me
Dual number ("we two"):
Nominative, we
Genitive, ure
Dative, us
Accusative, usic, us
Plural number ("we all"):
Nominative, we
Genitive, user, ure
Dative, us
Accusative, usic, us

Second person pronoun, Singular number ("you"):
Nominative, þu
Genitive, þin
Dative, þe
Accusative, þec, þe
Dual number ("you two"):
Nominative, git
Genitive, incer
Dative, inc
Accusative, incit, inc
Plural number ("you all"):
Nominative, ge
Genitive, eower, iower
Dative, eow, iow
Accusative, eowic, eow, iow

Third person pronoun, Singular Masculine / Feminine / Neuter ("he, she, it"):
Nominative, he / heo, hie / hit
Genitive, his / hiere, hire, hyre / his
Dative, his / hiere, hire, hyre / him
Accusative, hine / hie, hi, hy / hit
Plural number ("they"):
Nominative, hie, hi hy; heo, hio
Genitive, hiera, hira, hyra; heora, hiora
Dative, him; heom
Accusative, hie, hi, hy; heo, hio

See, it's easy! Let's all do this together. Better yet, let's make all the students learn it or flunk.

Spreading enlightenment with a trowel, that's me.
Subscribe
  • Post a new comment

    Error

    default userpic

    Your reply will be screened

    Your IP address will be recorded 

    When you submit the form an invisible reCAPTCHA check will be performed.
    You must follow the Privacy Policy and Google Terms of use.
  • 0 comments