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    A bookworm!

    As I read classics, in which I’m interested, I always come across the ‘old fashion words and phrases’. Some of those old fashions, not as old as the Shakespeareans but rather Charles Dickens, Hardy, Swift, etc. may be used in modern English as you know, particularly in poetry. However, what concerns me is, that some phrases are totally different, in terms of grammar. For an instance, ‘using the article ‘a’ before the vowels. Or using an article before verbs ‘a going’ or sometimes using a different spelling. Honestly, I find them delicate and more poetic and tend to use some of them. So, am I to be considered wrong if I used some of those phrases? What am I allowed to use, and what am I not? To what extent?
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    Jacob


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    #2

    Re: A bookworm!

    You will always sound a little odd if you use outmoded or poetical phrases and grammatical forms. There is nothing stopping you, but be prepared from people not fully understanding.

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    #3

    Re: A bookworm!

    Well, thankyee!!

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    #4

    Re: A bookworm!

    You'll people using a- sometimes- 'a-courting' comes to mind, maybe because an old-fashioned verb sounds fine with an archaic prefix. Google's got thousands on examples.

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    #5

    Re: A bookworm!

    I'll look up for'em, thanks alot!!

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