PRONOUNS, PERSONAL. Anomalies, explanation of
Personal, Irregularities of (omission of, insertion of, see Relative
inflections of Personal Pronouns are frequently neglected or misused.
It is perhaps impossible to trace a law in these irregularities.
Sometimes, however, euphony and emphasis may have successfully
contended against grammar. This may explain I
" "but I,
frequently used for me.
"'Tween you and I
" seems to have been a regular Elizabethan idiom.
The sound of d
was avoided. For reasons of euphony
also the ponderous thou
is often ungrammatically
replaced by thee,
or inconsistently by you.
This is particularly the case in questions and
requests, where, the pronoun being especially unemphatic, thou
is especially objectionable. To this day many
of the Friends use thee
invariably for thou,
and in the Midland and North of England we
have "wilta?" for "wilt thou?
" Compare E. E.
"wiltow?" for "wilt thou?" "pinkestow?" for "thinkest thou?" and
similarly, in Shakespeare, thou
is often omitted
after a questioning verb. Again, since he
could be used (see below) for "man" and
"woman," there was the less harshness in using he
objective pronoun is immediately followed by a finite verb, it is
sometimes treated as the subject, as below, "no man like he