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Why "thy" was disappeared

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Why "thy" was disappeared

Postby Zara » Tue Feb 01, 2011 7:48 pm

Hello!
I would like to know, why the word "thy" disappeared, and how a singular "thy" had been chanded into the "you" in English language?
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Re: Why "thy" was disappeared

Postby Vega » Wed Feb 02, 2011 5:46 pm

I don't even know how to pronounce it. ))..
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Re: Why "thy" was disappeared

Postby Hyacinth » Wed Feb 02, 2011 9:06 pm

it's not only thy but also thou, thee , hath , thine and others i don't remember. they are archiac words

why the word "thy" disappeared, and how a singular "thy" had been chanded into the "you" in English language?


i wonder why
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Re: Why "thy" was disappeared

Postby Zara » Thu Feb 03, 2011 1:08 pm

I saw these forms when I took a Shakespeare's poem. Now I am trying to get an information why a singular form diappeared, in my language it is using nowadays, and in many other languages too.
When I asked my question I received a link, here it is: http://etymonline.com/columns/do-be-thee.htm , at the end of the page there is an information about such forms.

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Re: Why "thy" was disappeared

Postby Hyacinth » Thu Feb 03, 2011 6:32 pm

yes, old english literature was full of these archiac forms, they were used in talking to kings and queens, or when praying to god.
i think that most languages changed by time. and there were several factors that enhanced these changes through time such as the cultural interaction between two different nations or more.
this kind of interaction adds, ommits and creates words and notions in any language.
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Re: Why "thy" was disappeared

Postby Zara » Thu Feb 03, 2011 7:11 pm

Hello!
Here is another link, I have just found:
http://www.alt-usage-english.org/pronoun_paradigms.html
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Re: Why "thy" was disappeared

Postby MissLT » Mon Feb 07, 2011 8:35 pm

Vega wrote:I don't even know how to pronounce it. ))..

TH and AI. DAI.
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Re: Why "thy" was disappeared

Postby clevermae » Fri Feb 11, 2011 5:58 am

Thy is the adjective form of "YOU". And "Thy" is an old English word that means "your" in the second person singular.
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