So I've been looking into the old English language, and was wondering how in the world the modern english language has the conjugation system it has. Other languages in Europe potentially influencing the english have similar conjugatiom systems to eachother, as well as Old English.
things for example, Estar, Prestar, Pedir, in Spanish, and German has this as well, But it's just gone from modern english. Old English Invinitives had either an -en or -an ending, like Spanish has -er -ar -ir endings. What I'm confused about is how the old English Conjugation system went from that, to "to run" "I run" "we go" "to go" in today's form of Engpish.
I was thinking, maybe 1066 had a say in this, maybe French has that kind of verb Conjugation system, and influenced the language that way. But nope, same system as German and Spanish for the most part. W h e r e did this unique and complicating verb Conjugation system in modern English come from?
Post by thesageofmainstreet on Apr 29, 2019 20:19:02 GMT
Class supremacy ruined the singular "you." If John Smith is your superior, not only wouldn't you usually call him "John", but you wouldn't call him "thou." In most languages, the second person singular was only used with equals or inferiors.
As for the infinitive in -en, that was once a separate word, so using "to" goes back to that prehistoric usage, except it's put in front of the verb.
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