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Thread: Ay? Nay?


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    #1

    Smile Ay? Nay?

    Hi again!
    I think this one is correct but one never knows, I am not well-versed in the language I use... Please tell me about it.

    If thou canst hear my heart by the moon’s ghostly glow
    Singing the love thou hast roused and much of sorrow
    If thou dost hear that ode and doth have a fair heart
    Come o’er to my world and feel how blessed thou art!

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    Re: Ay? Nay?

    Isn`t "doth" third person? Otherwise, I`ll give it an "aye"


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    Smile Re: Ay? Nay?

    So I gotta replace "doth" by "dost"?
    That's great to find people interested in "archaic" English! I find it more poetic than the modern one.
    By the way, you may know some websites that explain its rules in detail?
    Thank you again!

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    #4

    Re: Ay? Nay?

    I'd use:
    Thou dost
    He/she doth

    You can find some sites about older English here: http://www.usingenglish.com/links/Et...y_and_History/

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