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Professor Drout keeps to discover humanity's intimate organization with language with language, right here delving into the finer issues of grammar. The intricacies of grammar, actually, shouldn't be relegated to the world of fussy "guardians of the language," yet are quite crucial clues all can hire to speak extra precisely. In this type of gentle, this cours varieties a useful advisor for everybody from all fields of interest. Read more...
summary: Professor Drout keeps to discover humanity's intimate organization with language with language, right here delving into the finer issues of grammar. The intricacies of grammar, actually, shouldn't be relegated to the area of fussy "guardians of the language," yet are really crucial clues all can hire to speak extra precisely. In this kind of gentle, this cours types a useful consultant for everybody from all fields of curiosity
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We covered the building blocks (nouns and verbs), the describing words (adjectives and adverbs), and the function words (prepositions and conjunctions). In this lecture we are doing two things. First, we are adding the next word class, pronouns, the words that make English (and other languages) even more versatile and even better able to communicate complex ideas in a minimal amount of time. Then we are going to tackle a few of the more common grammatical problems associated with both pronouns and nouns, including irregular plurals and the difference between mass and count nouns.
In this, English is very different from other languages in which the verb will indicate whether the action has been done once, done twice, or done many times (we can convey some of that information through auxiliaries, which we will discuss in detail later, but the verb itself does not change based on the number of moos). So we have person (first, second, or third for the pronouns; otherwise just the third person for other nouns), number (singular or plural), and tense (past, present, and we will talk about future in a minute).
But none of these forms are standard. We really need a new pronoun, but English is not inventing new pronouns (languages generally do not invent new pronouns). The history behind our lack of a distinctive plural “you” explains why we have this mess: In Old English, “ge” (pronounced “ye”) and “†u” (pronounced “thoo”) indicated different numbers in the second person (“ge” was plural and “†u” was singular). In the thirteenth century, however, the “th-” forms (thou, thy, thee) became familiar; they were used when addressing social inferiors, children, and close friends.