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Ænglisc / Old English - Lesson VII - Grammar & Grammatical Cases III (The Accusative Case)


Ƿesaþ ġē hāl!

If you missed the previous lesson (The Nominative Case) check it out here -

Now, this next Grammatical Case ties in nicely with the last.

The accusative case (ACC), is a case in that a word is a direct object to a transitive verb -- however, it is also used for reflexive pronouns (see here for more info -)

If you don't know what a transitive verb is, click here -

Example I

:(ModE) The man slew the dragon .

(OE) Se ƿer slōh þone draca.

What is in the accusative here? draca, because it is the one being slain., as opposed to the man, who is doing the slaying.

Example II:

(ModE) I the love the cat

(OE) Iċ lufe þone catt.

What is in the accusative here? catt, because it is being loved, opposed to I, who am loving it.

Summary: The accusative case is used for the direct object of the sentence. How do you remember if a word in this case? Look for the pronoun and transitive verbs!

That is all for this lesson! For more information on NOM case, check out this video -

If this has inspired you/ started you to think that OE may be for you, check out Leornende Eald Englisc, here

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Iċ þancie ēow!

September 3, 2016



I have a question : Does anyone speak this form of English nowadays? Thanks! ^-^


Not unless you are this epic guy ---> https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCLnwScGuOxVlaN5aV9in9ag/featured

No, it is not spoken nowadays, and has not been spoken since 1100-ish :)

That is the saddest thing to all.

I hope that with LEE's lesson, and these lessons, that it will be revived once again!


Hm...but isn't modern English a more evolved version of Old English? ^-^


No. ModE that adapted from Middle English is a lot difference from OE, as OE is a true germanic language, while ME and ModE were greatly influenced by the French Norman language that arrived in the 1066 conquest.

I hope that clears it up, and if not, ask more questions :)


Oh, I see. Thanks! ^-^ I would really like to follow you, but I don't want to be "spammed", sorry! >.<


Because you are very active here on Duolingo. And helpful. ^-^


Follow me in heart then good sir, and embrace OE as a new language-learning experience. <3

In all seriousness - to unofficially follow me, just bookmark my lesson page :)


Aah, I see. I want to learn Spanish to be able to communicate with and help a lot of people, since Spanish is a popular language. ^-^ It's quite easy, compared to English and Japanese, according to most people.


Sure thing, got it. Thanks! ^-^ P.S. I'm a girl, not a sir. XD


By the way, here's a lingot for your efforts to help the Duolingo community. Keep up the great work! ^-^


sorry (I call everyone sir :) thank you ma'am, for such a shiny lingot!


I get you, like I call everyone "dude". XD And I'm only 14, not technically a "maam". XP


still, I'm just strange!

Anyhow, next lesson we go through the genitive case!


Sounds good! : ) Are you learning Spanish here on Duolingo? I am. ^w^


No, I'm not. Spanish just doesn't inspire me

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