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Alexander Hume
This eBook from the Gutenberg Project consists of approximately 46 pages of information about Of the Orthographie and Congruitie of the Britan Tongue.

2.  These, and al that wil admit mare and mast, are compared be degrees; as, sueet, more sueet, most sueet.

3.  Of comparison ther be thre degrees:  the positive, comparative, and superlative, if the first may be called a degre.

4.  The positive is the first position of the noun; as, soft, hard; quhyte, blak; hoat, cald.

5.  The comparative excedes the positive be more, and is formed of the positive be adding er; as, softer, harder; quhiter, blaker; hoater, calder.

6.  The superlative excedes the positive be most, and is formed of the positive be adding est; as, softest, hardest; quhytest, blakest; hoatest, caldest.

OF THE VERB’S PERSON AND NUMBER.

Cap. 7.

1.  This for the noun.  The verb is a word of al persones declyned with mood and tyme; as, I wryte, thou wrytes, he wrytes.

2.  We declyne not the persones and nu_m_beres of the verb, as doth the latine, but noat them be the person of the noun.

3.  They are noated w_i_th I, thou, and he in the singular number; we, ye, and they in the plural.

4.  The nu_m_ber is noated with I and we; thou and ye; he and they.

OF THE MOOD OF THE VERB.

Cap. 8.

1.  The mood is an affection of the verb serving the varietie of utterance.

2.  We utter the being of thinges or our awn wil.

3.  The being of thinges is uttered be inquyring or avouing.

4.  We inquyre of that we wald knaw; as, made God man w_i_thout synne; and in this the supposit of the verb followes the verb.

5.  We avoue that q_uhi_lk we knaw; as, God made man without sinne; and in this the supposit preceedes the verb.

6.  We utter our wil be verbes signifying the form of our wil, or postposing the supposit.

7.  We wish be wald god, god grant, and god nor; as, wald god I knew the secretes of nature.

8.  We permit the will of otheres be letting; as, let God aryse; let everie man have his awn wyfe.

9.  We bid our inferioures, and pray our superioures, be postponing the supposit to the verb; as, goe ye and teach al nationes; here me, my God.

OF THE TYME OF THE VERB.

Cap. 9.

1.  Tyme is an affection of the verb noating the differences of tyme, and is either present, past, or to cum.

2.  Tyme present is that q_uhi_lk now is; as, I wryte, or am wryting.

3.  Tyme past is that q_uhi_lk was, and it is passing befoer, past els, or past befoer.

4.  Tyme passing befoer, q_uhi_lk we cal imperfectlie past, is of a thing that was doeing but not done; as, at four hoores I was wryting; Quhen you spak to me I was wryting, or did wryte, as Lillie expoundes it.

5.  Tyme past els is of a thing now past, q_uhi_lk we cal perfectlie past; as, I have written.

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