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Why is There No Plural of "You" in the English Language?


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Lisa Vollrath (lisavollrath) says

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Eugene Brennan (eugbug) says

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    Alan R Lancaster (alancaster149) 8 months ago

    As in Scotland, it was the 'Aengle' and Danes who taught the Irish the English language as it was at the time. English Royalists and followers of James II taught them more and Oliver Cromwell's 'Ironsides' finished off the lesson. War teaches well.

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    Vladimir Karas (ValKaras) 7 months ago

    Let me add a bit to my little "theory" of "linguistic arrogance": note how in English there are no female gender forms for most of professions, like: a doctor, a professor, an astronaut, a captain... with some exceptions like an actress, stuardesse..


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    Alan R Lancaster (alancaster149) 8 months ago

    Marion Morris (aka John Wayne) appeared on a TV chat show here and declared, "I speak American, not English!" Course, I know now, it's "Texicana" (a mix of Scots, Yorkshire, German, Irish and Italian).

    Tha knows his ain clan was Irish


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    Alan R Lancaster (alancaster149) 7 months ago

    The 'collective' in English came through changes in the alphabet through print, as I indicated elsewhere. Other forms were shared in colloquial Danelaw English with the parent language, 'Du' (fam), 'De' (form/pl), 'Deres' (form/pl), 'Din' (sing)

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Alan R Lancaster (alancaster149) says

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    Eugene Brennan (eugbug) 8 months ago

    That's all very interesting Alan. When the thorn character was replaced by 'y' in printed text, was thou pronounced as it is today, or was the 'y' sound used and thou prounced as you?


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    Eugene Brennan (eugbug) 7 months ago

    The problem is Glenis, there is no pronoun for the collective you. So are they not being inventive?


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Muhammad Hassan Ibrahim Minhas (Minhas333) says

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    Alan R Lancaster (alancaster149) 6 months ago

    North of the Border the Picts and Scots learned their English from the Northumbrian Angles and Anglo-Danes who took land as far as Edinburgh (Pictish: Dinas Eidin, Gaelic: Dunedin. "Your'n" is "your one" or "yours" ["This is mine, that's your'n"].

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    Alan R Lancaster (alancaster149) 7 months ago

    They are a 'collective' form, Alex, along with fish and folk. So no 's' on the end. Different issue, methinks

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    Eugene Brennan (eugbug) 8 months ago

    The French use 'vous', it seems to be an oversight that English has no equivalent and all sorts of literary contrivances have to be made up to "fix" the omission.


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