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So we no longer had thou, which was considered rude, but we then had the same word, “you,” trying to fulfil both singular and plural roles. Demonstratives Demonstrative pronouns point out, or demonstrate, particular nouns. ” Some grammarians would even include the “articles” “the” and “a” among the demonstratives (and this is what I do in my Old English grammar book, King Alfred’s Grammar). We distinguish between the definite article, “the,” and the indefinite article, “a” (which follows a phonetic rule to change automatically into “an” in the phonetic environment of being before a vowel) by following a series of rules.

Verbs are mostly actions (although that is an oversimplification; for example, we do not think of “is” as an action, but it is definitely a verb). For now, think of verbs as actions, and in subsequent lectures, we will discuss the various subclasses of verbs that cause so many problems because they do so much work in English. Once we have nouns and verbs, we can actually communicate things because now the nouns can do things. In fact, the fundamental unit of a sentence is a noun plus a verb (we will complicate this a little bit in a few lectures, when we talk about noun phrases and verb phrases, but let it stand for now).

Qxp:UT123_Way with Words III Bklt 5/7/08 8:44 AM Function Words When stringing sentences together, we use what we can call “function words,” words that do not have any meaning in themselves but which we use to show how other words are connected to each other. Function words include prepositions (like “about,” “above,” “after,” “against,” “before,” “beyond,” “in,” “on,” “under,” “with”). Unfortunately, the name “preposition” is not really helpful. It comes from Latin grammar, and the idea is that it is a word that comes before other words (pre-position) to indicate grammatical relationships.

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