Thursday, 14 April 2016

Editing Tips: Thee and Thou / Thy and Thine

Today, in honour of the Shakespeare 400-year anniversary, a quick look at thee and thou. I see people mix these up all the time and all it really comes down to is a lack of understanding of grammar.

Thou is nominative (subject form), thee is object form, and thy/thine is possessive form.

The use of thy/thine depends on the object of which you are speaking. A good general rule is thine goes before words beginning with a h or a vowel. This same holds true if you are choosing between my and mine.

Here are some examples:

Thou art a fool.

All my foolishness I give to thee.

Thy foolishness offends me.

Thine eyes are full of mischief.

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