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CHAT: The future of the English second person plural

From:Matt Pearson <mpearson@...>
Date:Monday, August 16, 1999, 16:03
BP Jonsson wrote:

> The lack of a sing./plur. distinction in 2nd person pronouns is easily > *the* most odd and confusing feature of English for speakers of other > Germanic languages.
Funny you should mention this. When I was learning Swedish, my number one mistake was using "du" for the 2nd person plural as well as the singular. I knew that I was *supposed* to use "ni", but old habits die hard. I would also use "du" for the impersonal (instead of "man"). It took me a couple months of training to break that habit. Matt.