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The transition from the impersonal to the personal construction in Middle English

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Alex. & Dind. 860, Whan a ivolf wan lep [h]is fode, ... of ]>e erjte he et.

Chaucer Cant. T. H. 338, In muchel speche sinne v/anteth nought.

Wright's Chaste Wife 552, my hert is wondyr wo.

In a sentence like the following one, too, the noun may be either nominative or dative:

Chaucer, Boethius IV, pr. II 6, shrewes lakken never1110 hir medes.

lt is worth noting that in the Northern dialect the noun niight be in the plural just well as in the singular:

N. E. Leg. 9/190. Men lathes to luke on my body.

33. As in the preterite the 3rd pers. sing. and the 3rd pers. pl. had the same form, a peterite acconipanied by a singular ur a plural noun would also be a cause of confusion ; the same holds good with respect to a plu perfect (= had + past part.) and a noun.

Havelok 2101, 1'an birde (MS. bir]>e) men casten hem in poles.

Patience 507, [te sor of such a swete place burde synk to my hert.

Merlin 3 33, Know ye ought what thise bestes eiled?

Gen. & Exod. 2095, Do drempte pharaon king a drem.

Cleanness 557, |»e soucrayn in sete so sore for-po-t jiat &c.

Book of the Kn. of La Tour Landry 112/6, a goodly lady... happed to plonge and to falie in a depe pitte.

Destr. of Troy 10288, Miche harme liappit to falie 011 aither parte.

Brunne, Handl. Synne 1142, [>tjs man. ...For thoght |»at he öaf so meche liys sonc.

Gaw. & Gr. Kn. 346, |»at my Icggc lady lyked not ille.

Ibid. 893, sawes so si er; er, jtat \>c segge lyked.

Cleanness 411, Hym a^t-sum in |>at ark as ajwl god lyked.

Tale of Gamelyn 52, the kriight liked it right noght.

Ibid. 618, Adam the spenser likede ful ylle.

Chaucer, Cant. T. B 2254, dame Prudence... hadde herd al that hir housbonde lyked for to seye.