An Elementary Historical New English Grammar

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CHAPTER VI
ADJECTIVES

1. THE INFLEXION OF ADJECTIVES
§ 306. OE. adjectives were declined according to the strong or weak declension (EOE. Gr. § 269), and had eleven different endings for expressing the various numbers, genders, and cases. After these endings had been weakened down in late OE. and early ME., the form of the masculine nominative singular had become generalized for the whole of the singular, and the form of the nominative accusative plural had become generalized for the whole of the plural before the end of the first half of the thirteenth century, so that in standard ME. the following was the general scheme for the inflexion of adjectives:--
a. Monosyllabic adjectives ending in a consonant remained uninflected throughout the singular, and had -e throughout the plural, as brǫ + ̄d 'broad', glad, pl. brǫ + ̄de, glade.
b. Adjectives which ended in a vowel in OE. or which came to end in a vowel in ME. remained uninflected throughout the singular and plural.
c. Dissyllabic adjectives including past participles ending in a consonant remained uninflected throughout the singular and plural through the loss of the old final -e in the plural, as bitter, litel, bounden, cursed, &c., see EME. Gr. § 142. Earlier NE. still preserved the old distinction between the singular and plural in enouqh (ME. inough, OE. genōh), pl. enow (ME. inowe, OE. genōga, -e), and in the dialects it has been preserved down to the present day.

§ 307. In the colloquial language the final -e had ceased to be pronounced in all forms before the end of the four

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An Elementary Historical New English Grammar
Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Preface v
  • Contents ix
  • Abbreviations, Etc. xii
  • Introduction 1
  • Phonology 6
  • Chapter I - Orthography and Pronunciation 6
  • Chapter III - The Ne. Development of the Me. Vowels of Unaccented Syllables 87
  • Accidence 130
  • Chapter V 130
  • Chapter VI - Adjectives 141
  • Chapter VIII - Verbs 158
  • Index 196
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