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I (personal pronoun)

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I. pronoun personal. [ik, Gothick; ic, Saxon; ich, Dutch.]

I, gen. me; plural we; gen. us.
ic,   me,   we,   us.
  1. The pronoun of the first person, myself.

    I do not like these several councils, I. Shakes. Rich. III.

    There is none greater in this house than I. Gen. xxxix. 9.

    Be of good cheer, it is I; be not afraid. Mat. xiv. 27.

    What shall I do to be for ever known,
    And make the age to come my own?
    I shall like beasts or common people dye,
    Unless you write my elegy.
    Cowley.

    Hence, and make room for me. Cowley.

    When chance of business parts us two,
    What do our souls, I wonder, do?
    Cowley.

    Of that book you have given us a large earnest. Cowley.

    Thus, having pass'd the night in fruitless pain,
    I to my longing friends return again.
    Dryden's &AE;n.

  2. Me is in the following passage written for I.

    There is but one man whom she can have, and that is me. Clarissa.

  3. I is more than once in Shakespeare written for ay, or yes.

    Hath Romeo slain himself? Say thou but I,
    And that bare vowel, I, shall poison more
    Than the death-darting eye of cockatrice.
    Shakespeare.

    Did your letters pierce the queen?
    I, sir; she took 'em and read 'em in my presence,
    And now and then an ample tear trill'd down.
    Shakespeare.

Sources: Cowley, Abraham (19) · Dryden, John (788) · The Bible - Genesis (48) · Shakespeare's King Lear (144) · The Bible - Matthew (21) · Shakespeare's Richard III (63) · Richardson, Samuel (11) · Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet (46)

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