Dear English speakers (writers),
is this form
"In witnesseth whereof, the Parties ..."
i) correct
or
ii) (as I suppose) an erroneous mixture of the traditional preamble "witnesseth"
and the closing phrase
"in witness whereof..."
Thxs
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Dear English speakers (writers), is this form "In witnesseth whereof, the Parties ..." i) correct or ii) (as I suppose) an erroneous mixture of the traditional preamble "witnesseth" and the closing phrase "in witness whereof..."

Erroneous mixture. Where did you find that?

Steve
Dear English speakers (writers), is this form "In witnesseth whereof, the Parties ..." i) correct or ii) (as I suppose) an erroneous mixture of the traditional preamble "witnesseth" and the closing phrase "in witness whereof..."

You supposeth correctly.
Adrian
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Dear English speakers (writers), is this form "In witnesseth whereof, ... traditional preamble "witnesseth" and the closing phrase "in witness whereof..."

Erroneous mixture. Where did you find that?

Hieronymus Mijkstere, 16th cent. Flemish painter.
is this form "In witnesseth whereof, the Parties ..." i) correct or ii) (as I suppose) an erroneous mixture of the traditional preamble "witnesseth" and the closing phrase "in witness whereof..."

No, no single word can be a "traditional preamble", although it can be part thereof. Witnesseth is merely the present tense of the verb witness, thus usually requires either a subject or an object neither shown here.

Don Phillipson
Carlsbad Springs
(Ottawa, Canada)
Dear English speakers (writers), is this form "In witnesseth whereof, ... traditional preamble "witnesseth" and the closing phrase "in witness whereof..."

You supposeth correctly.

As long as trixie realizes that "you supposeth" isn't correct, either.

There's a page on these archaic pronouns and verb forms at our website: http://alt-usage-english.org/pronoun paradigms.html

Best Donna Richoux
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As long as trixie realizes that "you supposeth" isn't correct, either.

"Thou supposest"? "Thou dost suppose"?

Michael DeBusk, Co-Conspirator to Make the World a Better Place Did he update http://home.earthlink.net/~debu4335 / yet?
Dear English speakers (writers), is this form "In witnesseth whereof, the Parties ..." i) correct or ii) (as I suppose) an erroneous mixture of the traditional preamble "witnesseth" and the closing phrase "in witness whereof..."

(ii), without question.

Stan Brown, Oak Road Systems, Tompkins County, New York, USA http://oakroadsystems.com /
"And if you're afraid of butter, which many people are nowa- days, (long pause) you just put in cream." Julia Child
is this form "In witnesseth whereof, the Parties ..." i) ... traditional preamble "witnesseth" and the closing phrase "in witness whereof..."

No, no single word can be a "traditional preamble", although it can be part thereof. Witnesseth is merely the present tense of the verb witness, thus usually requires either a subject or an object neither shown here.

"Witnesseth" does sometimeth occur on a line alone.

THIS AGREEMENT made the .. day of ... 2004 BETWEEN (someone) and (someone else)
WHEREAS
(interesting background)
WITNESSETH
1. Party A will ...

SIGNED (if a deed, SEALED AND DELIVERED) by ...
Traditionally without punctuation, just to make life harder.
Paul
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