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    "Why do we have the same pronoun, YOU, in subject and object case"?

    A few hours ago, an elementary schoolboy asked me this question: "Why do we have the same pronoun, YOU, in subject and object case"?


    My answer was this is the way it is. Was I correct?


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    Re: "Why do we have the same pronoun, YOU, in subject and object case"?

    Yes. He should be happy where English lacks complexity.

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    Re: "Why do we have the same pronoun, YOU, in subject and object case"?

    Quote Originally Posted by Odessa Dawn View Post
    A few hours ago, an elementary schoolboy asked me this question: "Why do we have the same pronoun, YOU, in subject and object case"?


    My answer was this is the way it is. Was I correct?

    There was a time when we had separate pronouns for the second person: "thou" (subjective) and "thee" (objective). In most uses, these two pronouns have been replaced by "you". See more here: Thou - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

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    Re: "Why do we have the same pronoun, YOU, in subject and object case"?

    For the second person plural, we used to have ye for the subject and you for the object,and we lost ye along the way and replaced it with you.

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