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Question on Quora: “Can you write a sentence in English the way it would look now, 100 years ago, and 500 years ago?”

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Answer by David Cameron Staples of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia:

Now:

“Can you write a sentence in English the way it would look now, one hundred years ago, and five hundred years ago?”

-100y (c.1917): First World War

“Can you write a sentence in English the way it would look now, one hundred years ago, and five hundred years ago?”

-400y (c.1617): Just after the death of William Shakespeare

“Canst thou write a sentence in English, in the wise that it looketh now, and look’d an hundred years past, and yet five hundred years past?”

-500y (c.1517): Mary Tudor was one year old

“Canst thou writ a sentence yn Englissh, yn such wise as yt seemeth nou, and seemed an hundred yeeres gonne, and fiue hundred yeeres gonne?”

-600y (c.1417): A few years before the birth of William Caxton, the first Printer in England.

“Canst thou wryt ane sentence yn Englische yn this wise: that as yt semeth nouwe, and hath semed an hundred yeres ygonne, and fiue hundred yeres ygonne?”

-1000y (c.1017): Cnut is king of England, and marries Emma of Normandy

“Meaht þu writ an cwide þus in Ænglisc; þæt hit beoð nu, ⁊ hit wæs ær an hundred gear, ⁊ hit wæs ær fif hundred gear?”

 

Written by LeisureGuy

7 May 2017 at 9:43 am

Posted in Daily life, Writing

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