I am looking for the meanings to words like thou, thee, and thy. I see them in stories all the time and they confuse me a lot.

  • They are the original singular versions of you (nominative), you (objective) en your (possessive). So thou art = you are, I give thee = I give you and thy hand = your hand. This is general reference, though. It can be found quite easily, for instance here – oerkelens Jun 4 '17 at 20:54
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    Possible duplicate of Difference between Thee and thou? – Laurel Jun 4 '17 at 21:00
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    And for precision's sake, they are Early Modern English, not Old English :) – oerkelens Jun 4 '17 at 21:03
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    Welcome to the site. Just FYI, things you can easily look up in a dictionary, aren't considered good questions for the site. If you look something up and are still unclear, post what you found and the specific questions you have about it. That's really more the intended scope. – fixer1234 Jun 4 '17 at 21:05

They are pronouns, in different forms, according to their grammatical role. Just like I, Me, My and Mine, and We, Us, Our and Ours, Middle and Early Modern English had these pronouns, only for the second person singular. Modern English and Middle and Early Modern English comparison: You - Thou: Thou shalt not kill (You shall not kill) You (like "Me") - Thee: Shall I compare thee to a summer's day? (Shall I compare you to a summer's day?) Your - Thy: Honor thy father and mother (Honor your father and mother) Yours - Thine: Thine be the glory (The glory is yours/shall be yours).

I hope you understand :)

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  • You are absolutely correct, I will correct my mistake. – Gilco Jun 4 '17 at 21:17

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