"It is only "ridiculous" if one thinks in obsolete English. To the modern ear, "thee" is formal and "you" is informal. If you find that intolerable, I insist that you communicate only in Chaucerian English or earlier forms, forthwith"
To whom? People this side of the pond would find thee old fashioned, archaic, biblical (A.V. and common book of prayer), formal or informal would not come to mind maybe it is different in the U.S.A. like as to us whom is a bit formal whereas to most Americans I suspect it is very formal and quite old fashioned. But surely then the answer in this case is a two minute dose of education not a some form of quasi-English.
The point is thou/thee is singular ye/you is plural (it was also used post-Conquest to indicate a person of higher social statues but this use was rejected in all biblical translations of which I can think) should one use thou/thee then it should be to indicate such not used to indicate some strange local reversal of Norman English rules on formal and informal singular second person pronoun. What is also ridiculous is differentiating between the Subjective and Objective case for the singular second person pronoun but not for the plural second person pronoun, this again has nothing to do with Early Modern/Modern English it is simply poor grammar. Should one wish to use either Early modern or contemporary English for such things then use it, translations such as those mentioned by Andreas are not one thing or the other but some poor imitation of the English language.
P.S. "Chaucerian English" is regarded as Late Middle English, the Authorized Version (King James Version) ect.. are Early Modern English.
Edited by Olga, 06 May 2014 - 10:53 PM.
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