Germanic languages: Old-English
There was some nowadays obsolete characters in Old English. If you cannot input it on using WebConjugue for conjugating verbs, try the following:
Initial was written th until about 900 in imitation of Latin. This new letter was borrowed from runic alphabet, and written or . On these pages only is used.
w does not occur in Old English manuscripts, but was represented by uu, u. Afterwards it was written with ƿ (wynn), borrowed from runic alphabet. Due to www limitations, w is used here as a notation for ƿ.
Old English verbs were grouped in two major groups: weak verbs and strong verbs. A third group contains some verbs not belonging to neither of those groups.
The English periods
English is divided roughly in the following periods:
Old English may be defined as the period of full endings, Middle English as the period with levelled endings and Modern English as the period of lost endings.
Due to this fact Old English always presents endings -- in the infinitive, as well. Modern English does not have any personal endings in the verbs, except in the 3rd person singular.