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"Thou/thee/thy" is an archaic English pronoun.

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Is it acceptable to conjugate the second person singular (thou's -st -est), analogically to the third person's -s -es?

I am writing my own tales and poems and in those I often need to use the pronoun THOU, to mark clearly the difference between plural and singular second person. There seems to be many intricacies and ...
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Was “thee” ever used as a nominative?

In The Witch of Blackbird Pond, a youth novel written in the 1950s and set in late-17th century Connecticut, the title character uses thee as a nominative throughout, moreover with third-person ...
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Omitting "thou" after "hast" or "art" in questions (as in "Hast seen the White Whale?")

My understanding is that in standard modern English, an explicit grammatical subject is required in all sentences other than imperatives. However, I've come across across a few examples where the ...
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Why do we keep using the conjugated form of the verb "to do" before other verbs? [duplicate]

This seriously has me perplexed. I feel examples would better explain my question: "What did you eat?" vs "What ate you?" * Where did you go? vs "Where went you"? using ...
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Can you correct this “old English” quote?

There’s an “influencer” that came across my page who posted a quote (attributed to themselves) and I know it’s wrong but I’m not informed enough to know how wrong it is. I’m not going to do anything ...
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shalt: used with the pronoun thou or its relative equivalent

Shalt is used with the pronoun thou or its relative equivalent What does relative equivalent mean here?
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Does English use the word ‘thou’ in any situations nowadays? [closed]

Does English use the word thou in situations nowadays? For example, to humiliate an opponent by being overly familiar?
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What's the proper antique equivalent to "Don't you dare"? [closed]

What's the proper antique (using "thee") equivalent to "Don't you dare"? Dare thee not? Dare not thee? Something else?
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Verb contractions with thou

I know there are a lot of commonly accepted contractions (verb + not): aren't, haven't, isn't, don't, won't, shan't, etc. But do the contractions for art not, hast not, dost not, wilt not, shalt not, ...
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Meaning of "I thou thee"?

What is the meaning of "thou thee" from the quotation below referenced in this Quora answer? (Attributed to the attorney-general at Sir Walter Raleigh’s trial.) All that he did was at thy ...
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Are the pronouns "Thee" and "Thy" considered archaisms in 19th Century poetry? [closed]

Are the pronouns "Thee" and "Thy" considered archaisms in Romantic poetry? I have La Belle Dame sans Merci by Keats in mind.
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"Obscene yourself" (literally) in Hemingway's "For Whom The Bell Tolls"

I am reading Hemingway's "For Whom The Bell Tolls" (an edition from 1960). Throughout the book, strong words and obscenities are replaced literally by the term "obscenity" or similar. For example (...
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Translating a text that requires 'T-V distinction'

I'm translating a historical fiction novel set in Medieval times. The formal and informal forms of treatment (T-V distinction) play an important role in the plot so I considered the best option was to ...
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What does the translator mean in English in this translation of a verse by the Urdu poet Ghalib? [closed]

Here is the translation of a verse by Ghalib [1797–1869], originally written1 in the Urdu language: Neither Asad besought cruelty, nor was thy tyranny fond of the insanity; to whatever extent I ...
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If "thy" is an informal pronoun, then why does The Lord's Prayer use it to refer to God? [duplicate]

The commonly used version of this Christian prayer comes from the King James Bible 9 After this manner therefore pray ye: Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. 10 Thy kingdom come,...
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Connection between the thou/you thee/ye forms of you and the confusion between the thorn (þ) and the letter 'y'?

There's a lot of good information in the answer to an existing question about thou/you and thee/ye, and many are familiar with how shops with the affectation of "Ye Olde Shoppe" get that "Y" from a ...
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"Thou shalt not pass" and "You shall not pass" hybrid

Is it technically incorrect grammar to make a hybrid of the well known statements: "Thou shalt not pass" and "You shall not pass"––this hybrid being: "You shalt not pass"? From what I understand from ...
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Thy used for My [closed]

Can I use the archaic English THY to interpret as MY or is this a major NO NO ? Example: upon the reveal of thy heart (meaning my heart)
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Is it impolite to say "thou" instead of "you"?

Would native English speakers feel offended if I address them by "thou" instead of "you"?
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fare thee well - grammar

Why is this sentence using 'thee' (which is, afaik the oblique case) and not 'thou'? The second person singular -in this case- should be the subject, i thought. The subject is the one doing the ...
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"Thou" or "You"? This is the problem!

In some eastern Indo-European languages like Persian specially in its northern accent Gilaki, the words "thou", "thee", "thy",... have a same meaning and pronunciation as English. But there is a ...
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When should I say "thee"?

If I want to be posh, old school, when I'm writing, and decide to use "thee" then what is the correct technical usage for it? Does it simply replace "the" ?
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Did English ever have a formal version of "you"?

Off the top of my head, Danish "De" (practically never used), German "Sie", Chinese "您", French "vous", Spanish "usted" are formal ways of addressing ...
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What is the difference between "thee" and "thou"?

What is the difference between thee and thou and how are they used?
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What does "thy" mean?

I read a sentence containing the word thy, but I cannot find the meaning of that word. Is it older English, or is it still used in contemporary English today?
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