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In Middle English the Northern speakers started using the +es inflection whilst the South continued to use the Old English form +eð/+eth. When did the South finally catch up with the North and use the +es form too?

  • Somewhat related (although it certainly doesn't answer your question): Origin of -(e)s in present indicative third singular – herisson Nov 3 '17 at 19:02
  • Uh… Abigael, could you post examples, please? One or two examples each of South or Old English or any relevant dialect or language? – Robbie Goodwin Nov 3 '17 at 22:00
  • I never heard of any instance of the South catching up with the North… which by no means suggests it didn't happen.f it did, where and what is the evidence? – Robbie Goodwin Nov 3 '17 at 22:27

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