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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.

    Hence, and make room for me. Cowley.

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

    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.

    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.

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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