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Posted May 29, 2009 at 9:56 AM via web

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Look for a sentence from the Middle Ages and translate into Modern English. Underline verbs, nouns, adjectives and tenses.

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mwestwood | College Teacher | (Level 2) Distinguished Educator

Posted May 29, 2009 at 12:39 PM (Answer #1)

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"Lo, heere the wise kyng, daun Solomon/I trowe he had wyves mo than oon--/As, wolde God, it levelful were to me/To be refresshed half so ofte as he!

translation:  Lo, consider the wise king, fearless Solomon, who had, I think, had more wives than one--As, would God, such were lawful for me to have such variety as he!

VERBS:  trowe [present tense], wolde [conditional tense], were [subjective mood, present tense], to be [infinitive]

NOUNS: kyng, Solomon, wyves, God

ADJECTIVES:  wise, daun, levelful, refresshed [past participle used as an adjective] 

-from The Wife of Bath's Prologue

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