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    Hi


    Does the word "Tis" means "it is" and is it an archaic term? and I wanted to know how I can use it in my sentence.

    and what's the meaning of 'Tis' in this sentence

    "Tis sorry I am to hear it."
    "Tis, thanking you I am"



    Thanks for your answer.

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    Default Re: "Tis" meaning and usage

    Hi maral55

    see AskOxford: 'tis
    'tis

    contraction chiefly literary it is.

    'Tis indeed archaic.
    'Tis common in Shakespearean langage.
    Wouldn't use it in modern speech.

    "Tis sorry I am to hear it." It is sorry that I am, to hear it (I'm sorry to hear it).
    "Tis, thanking you I am" It is thanking you I am (I am, indeed, thanking you).

    Hope this helps
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    Default Re: "Tis" meaning and usage

    Quote Originally Posted by maral55 View Post
    Hi


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    and what's the meaning of 'Tis' in this sentence

    "Tis sorry I am to hear it."
    "Tis [no comma] thanking you I am"



    Thanks for your answer.
    Just to underline a point made in the other thread, constructions like these two (without the comma in the 2nd one) are very common in Irish English, as is the version with a subject (rather than the impersonal 'it'): 'A pity it was to see them so hungry' (='It was a pity...' [in a real sense - it moved the speaker to feel pity]). I wouldn't be surprised if it owed something to the syntax of Irish Gaelic - about which I know nothing

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    Default Re: "Tis" meaning and usage

    Quote Originally Posted by BobK View Post
    Just to underline a point made in the other thread, constructions like these two (without the comma in the 2nd one) are very common in Irish English, as is the version with a subject (rather than the impersonal 'it'): 'A pity it was to see them so hungry' (='It was a pity...' [in a real sense - it moved the speaker to feel pity]). I wouldn't be surprised if it owed something to the syntax of Irish Gaelic - about which I know nothing

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    Sorry I just checked the setence and realized that the comma is here.

    "Tis thanking you , I am."


    and another question, you mean that Irish people talk that way now?

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    Default Re: "Tis" meaning and usage

    Yep - even in quite formal situations.

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