segunda-feira, 3 de janeiro de 2011

LAWLESS LANGUAGE

READ THE POEM BELOW. Reflect the author´s idea about the plural in English. The * represents an incorrect idiom form.

We'll begin with a fox and the plural is foxes,
But the plural of ox should never be *oxes,
One fowl is a goose and the plural is geese,
But the plural of moose won´t therefore be *meese.

So also for mouse the plural is mice,
But for house it´s houses - we never say *hice.
And since the plural of man is always called men,
For the plural of pan, why can´t we say pen?

Then one may be that and three may be those,
Yet rat in the plural is never called rose.
And the masculine pronouns are he, his and him,
But imagine the feminine she, *shis, and *shim!

So English, I fancy, you all will agree,
Is the most lawless language you ever did see.

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