Old English (500-1100 AD)

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West Germanic invaders from Jutland and southern Denmark: the Angles¨ç, Saxons, and Jutes, began populating the British Isles in the fifth and sixth centuries AD. They spoke a mutually intelligible language, similar to modern Frisian--the language of northeastern region of the Netherlands--that is called Old English. Four major dialects of Old English emerged, Northumbrian in the north of England, Mercian in the Midlands, West Saxon in the south and west, and Kentish in the Southeast. …

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…at once. The dual is rather different. We have to wonder why it was distinguished. To our minds, a difference between "we" and "we two" seems quite unnecessary. But there it was. Verbs Old English verbs had endings that depended upon the tense and subject of the verb. Like everything else, it could get pretty hairy. Strong verbs followed pretty regular rules. These are the "easier" verbs to conjugate. There were 7 classes of strong verbs.