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Anon Mgr 4VII/6 —  ‘the’

Alloft beiddi inn elskufulli
Ögustínus með bænum fögrum
Máríu öllu fegri og frægri
fyldr af spekt, að vitraz skyldi.
Kunna vildi af harmi hennar
hann að skýra þjóð sanna,
þeim, er hon fekk, að þeingill himna
þoldi nauð og písl til dauða.

Alloft beiddi inn elskufulli Ögustínus, fyldr af spekt, Máríu, fegri og frægri öllu, með fögrum bænum, að skyldi vitraz. Hann vildi kunna að skýra þjóð sanna af harmi hennar, þeim, er hon fekk, að þeingill himna þoldi nauð og písl til dauða.

Very often the loving Augustine, filled with wisdom, asked Mary, fairer and more famous than anything, with fair prayers, that she should reveal herself. He wanted to be able to explain to people the truth about her grief, that which she received when the lord of the heavens [= God (= Christ)] suffered distress and torment until death.

readings

[6] sanna: so 1032ˣ, ‘[...]’ 713, 713FJ, ‘ẹð̣. ṣạṇṇạ’ 920ˣ

grammar

Pronouns and determiners: Definite article

The definite article is normally suffixed to nouns, except in some cases where it is used with an adjective. If the noun form ends in a vowel, the 'i' in the article is dropped. If the noun form ends in 'um', the 'm' and 'i' are both dropped. E.g. hesta (acc. pl.) > hestana (acc. pl. definite); hestum (dat. pl.) > hestunum (dat. pl. definite)

masc.fem.neut.
sing. N
A
G
D
inn
inn
ins
inum
in
ina
innar
inni
it
it
ins
inu
pl. N
A
G
D
inir
ina
inna
inum
inar
inar
inna
inum
in
in
inna
inum
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