[Ads-l] An Ode to Whom (Gone Hence, but Whither?)

Paul A Johnston, Jr. paul.johnston at WMICH.EDU
Mon Feb 9 18:14:28 UTC 2015


We have "him" too, and the "them" of "in them days".  Both are from OE datives.  And I'm not even counting archaisms like "whilom" which was a dative used adverbially.

Paul Johnston

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> At 2/9/2015 08:40 AM, guy1656 at centurylink.net wrote:
> >Isn't "whom" and it's derived words all we have left of the dative
> >in
> >English?
> >
> >Related question: Do 'hence, hither, whence, and whither' still mark
> >accusative (if they ever did?)
> 
> 
> Hence, hither, whence, and whither,
> Put me all in a dither.
> And as for the use of whom,
> It seems to have left the room.
> 
> Philolingua.
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