Old English Adjectives Inflection Quiz

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What are the distinguishing features of OE verbs?

Three persons, two numbers, one voice, two tenses, three moods, and three non-finite forms inflected through persons

Which feature represents the First Consonant Shift in Old English?

Systematic use of ablaut for the formation of the preterite of primary verbs

How did the simplification of Middle English grammar impact the demonstrative pronouns system?

Introduction of new possessive neuter 'its' and elimination of gender distinction

What is the exception to the strong and weak inflectional patterns among Old English adjectives?

genōg (enough)

How many inflectional cases did Old English adjectives make use of?


Which function did Old English personal pronouns perform in addition to their primary role?

Possessive and reflexive pronouns

What were the numbers possessed by Old English personal pronouns?

Three numbers – singular, dual, and plural

Which was an adjective that always showed a strong inflectional pattern in Old English?

eall (all)

What could the inflectional endings of Old English adjectives be divided into?

Nominal vs. pronominal endings

What is the total number of tenses for OE verbs?


Which period brought Latin influence through Celtic transmission to Old English?

First Period

What were the three genders in Old English grammar?

Masculine, feminine, neutral

What was the main reason for the simplification of the Middle English grammar?

Influence of Scandinavian languages

Which pronoun was used as a mark of respect when addressing a superior in New English?


What was the form of possessive that remained unchanged in New English?


Which type of plurals can be seen as traces in New English nouns?

-en plurals

What variation was observed in the comparison of adjectives in New English?

-er and -est endings used more frequently

What represented the loss of consonants and vowels in originally word-final position in Old English?

Reduction of unstressed syllables

What did the rise of two kinds of adjectival inflection in Old English lead to?

Distinguishing strong and weak adjectives

What change occurred to the personal pronouns system in Old English?

The development of a new 3rd person singular feminine pronoun 'she'

What represents the First Consonant Shift in Old English?

The change of IE o to a, and IE ā to ō

Test your knowledge of Old English adjectives inflection patterns and cases with this quiz. Learn about nominal vs. pronominal inflectional endings and exceptions to the strong and weak inflectional patterns.

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