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    Default English?

    Is this English?

    I can no more expounde in this matere;
    I lerne song, I can but smal grammere.

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    Default Re: English?

    A few hundred years ago.

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    Thanks. Please translate it into modern English for me.

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    Default Re: English?

    Here's a translation:
    I can expound to you only so far;
    I've learned the song; I know but small grammar.

    This is from http://www.canterburytales.org/canterbury_tales.html

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    I can expound to you only so far;
    I've learned the song; I know but small grammar.
    Colloquially,

    I can only tell you so much about the song because I learned it (from listening to others sing it). (As for its grammatical structure, its form and function, I'm not really qualified to explain that because I'm not a grammarian.) I know only a little bit about grammar.

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