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Archaic pronouns

The so-called "archaic" pronouns of the King James Version had a purpose not generally recognized today. They were used to distinguish between singular and plural in the second person:

"Thou" = Singular subject
"Thee" = Singular object
"Ye" = Plural subject
"You" = Plural object

Our modern speech, of course, puts "you" in place of all four, with a consequent loss of clarity; and thereby forces us (esp those of us from Texas!) to resort to such phrases as "you all".

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