Firstly, I wanted to know if it is acceptable to use the word yonders? Originally I wanted to use it to indicate something at a far distance ("A figure yonders") but later on, I realised that I should have probably used yonder instead of yonders. This happened while writing a poem that I published last year. It is just one line- "A figure yonders". Even then, in a vague sense, is it grammatically right to say "A figure yonders"?

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    Yonders is not a verb. Just as “over theres” is not a verb.
    – Jim
    May 3, 2020 at 5:42
  • Yon and yonder are (were) demonstratives of direction, not distance. "Through yon window you can see the river." indicates which window, not that the window, or the river, is far away. It is usually used to indicate a landmark on which to line ones sights. The target is often beyond the landmark, but not necessarily so. The target can be towards yon mountains, indicating you will get there before you get to the mountains.
    – Phil Sweet
    May 3, 2020 at 17:31

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In a poem, it's perfectly alright. Yonder as a word is dated, but not archaic. Yonders on the other hand is not listed in modern dictionaries, although it does seem to have been a variant of yonder:

Seven and a Half years in the Far West (1843):

he made yonders sun -- and yonders moon -- and all them' are stars what shines at night

The Italian Husband (1698)

drag him along to yonders wheel, there he shall endless tortures feel

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    Well spotted, those examples. +1
    – Lawrence
    May 3, 2020 at 6:54
  • Do you think that, originally, it might have been a possessive as in "the moon, sun and wheel belonging to or existing in the far distance"?
    – BoldBen
    May 3, 2020 at 6:56

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