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Esperanto Blog: The Less Common Pronoun

The Less Common Pronoun_
Posted: 30 May 2009 11:49 AM PDT
You might never encounter the pronoun “ci” in your adventures as an
Esperantist, unless you happen to be reading some old-fashioned literature. “Ci”
is much like the antequated English word “thou” (which would make “cia”
the equivalent of “thine,” and the accusative “cin” something like “thee”
). I have no idea how you could work that into your everyday parlance.
Perhaps if you were among a bunch of medieval era enthusiasts?
Anyhow, it’s worth knowing that “ci” exists. If you ever translate pieces
of older literature, you may find yourself in need of it. Also, if you
happen to be translating from a language that differentiates between formal
and informal address in its pronouns (like Spanish, with its varied “tu” and
“usted” forms), you might want to consider using “ci” to preserve the
authenticity of the original address. Of course, “ci” follows all the rules
of Esperanto grammar, so you would apply all the same rules to it that you
do your other pronouns.
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