English Wit, how I love thee! - Impressions and Expressions of Ijon
English Wit, how I love thee!|
Mr Knightley seemed to be trying not to smile; and succeeded without difficulty, upon Mrs Elton's beginning to talk to him.
-- from Emma, by Jane Austen
Jane Austen is one of my favorite writers. I'm glad you're enjoying Emma.
It's amazing the number of people who don't get how sharp Austen is, and only see her as writing cliche'd romance novels.
English (Latin ?) grammar question. Is it true that the plural of "Jesus" is "Jesii"?
|Date:||December 11th, 2003 12:02 am (UTC)|| |
Jesus is a proper name, and as such, does not properly have a definite plural form. That said, Jesus is a second-declension Latin name, and as such, its plural would be Jesi, not Jesii. The -ii suffix is for plurals of -ius singular forms, such as filius (filii is the plural).
In English, you should pluralize Jesus as Jesuses (if you must), like "bonuses" or "viruses".
Thanks! You make an excellent point :)