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The word thou ( /ðaʊ/ in most dialects) is a second person singular pronoun in English. It is now largely archaic, having been replaced in almost all contexts by you. It is used in parts of Northern England and by Scots (/ðu/). Thou is the nominative form; the oblique/objective form is thee (functioning as both accusative and dative), and the possessive is thy or thine. When thou is the grammatical subject of a finite verb in the indicative mood, the verb form ends on t, most often with the ending -(e)st (e.g., "thou goest"; "thou dost"), but in some cases just -t (e.g., "thou art"; "thou shalt"). In Middle English, thou was sometimes abbreviated by putting a small "u" over the letter thorn: þͧ.

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Famous quotes containing the word thou:

    Out of the mouth of babes and sucklings hast thou ordained strength
    because of thine enemies, that thou mightest still the enemy and the
    Bible: Hebrew Psalm VIII (l. VIII, 2)

    The welcome house of him my dearest guest.
    Where ever, ever stay, and go not thence,
    Till natures sad decree shall call thee hence;
    Flesh of thy flesh, bone of thy bone,
    I here, thou there, yet both but one.
    Anne Bradstreet (c. 1612–1672)

    O accursed hunger of gold, to what dost thou not compel human hearts!
    Virgil [Publius Vergilius Maro] (70–19 B.C.)