Old English is an extinct language which was spoken in England around year 900 (see: English periods). This germanic language is the predecessor of Middle English and modern English.
Some of the Old English characters don't exist in the English alphabet. If you can't input them here - try the following:
|To Get||Enter||Sample Verbs|
|æ||aE||laEtan equals lætan|
|þ or ð||tH||tHurfan equals þurfan|
|ƿ||w||witan equals ƿitan|
Initial þ was written th until about 900 in imitation of Latin. This new letter was borrowed from runic alphabet, and written þ or ð. On these pages only þ 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.
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.
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English is divided roughly in the following periods:
Transition Old English
Transition Middle English
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.