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endingless: , _ __ r. . ,.

shepe, swine, swyne, all tMng 37006', OE. and ME. Ping (pl.).


/ere, feete, menfne, mê, teeth, women, weomen. -en :


various: iu brethren, children, chyldren; thy (their) chüders chüdren 32916, 33115, thy chylders chyldren 22430.

li For eo in weomen see Phonology. It is noteworthy that the form chüders (gen. pl.) also occurs in Coverdale (Wyld SHE. § 315). 2. Note also fyshes 09308 14 and pence 10614.

58. Adjectives. Comparison.

The comparison of adjectives needs no special comment, the comparative and superlative being formed in the regular way.

On the whole the regular forms do not differ from those used in MoE. In some cases the spelling is different:

litle-lesse-leaste; high, hye, hie-higher-highest(e, hieste; nye-


Note the form moe, mo 09217', 10026' et pass., by the side of more.

This form which represents OE. adverbial ma:, is used without any difference from more in adjectival functions. Cunously enougn it is not found in adverbial function, in which more only occurs :

geuing euery one to drinke once and no more 28617.

and that other.... might be more afrayed 36113.

that they dyd more confounde, and darken, then declare 37030.

more busynes 10217.

Then shall folowe for the Offertory, one or mo, of these Sentences 27505.

what nede we of any mo wytnesses 10026.

And yf there be moe sicke persons 34515.

1 Forms like: the more playne expHcacwn 37302, the most(e highest(e 06405 et pass., more larger 29215 belong rather to syntax and will not be discussed here.

59. Adverbs.

In the main the adverbs require no special discussion. There is a somewhat greater proportion of forms which are idenücal with the