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I know that modal verbs back in time were always the same (not changeable) with some exeptions - e.g.: thou shalt, thou hast, thou dost, thou canst. Hence my question is: how to transform modal verbs in third person singular? How to say for example: she shall, she has, she does, she can, in archaic English?

  • She shall, she hath, she doth, she can. – Kate Bunting Jun 19 at 12:40
  • So there are only four modal verbs that are exeptions: is, doth, hath, dareth, is that right? – WillS Jun 19 at 12:44
  • @KateBunting: She canst. WillS - He durst. – FumbleFingers Reinstate Monica Jun 19 at 12:49
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    @FumbleFingersReinstateMonica No, it's thou canst. Only one of the examples you have found is an actual use of she canst, and that appears to be 'uneducated' speech. – Kate Bunting Jun 19 at 12:49
  • @KateBunting: Usually, yes. The point of my post was that link to numerous matching instances in Google Books. And then I thought of durst as another "awlward" example. – FumbleFingers Reinstate Monica Jun 19 at 12:56

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