26. To what style is the inflecting
of shall, will, may, can, should, would, might, and could, now restricted?
For, when s or es was substituted for th or eth, and the familiar use of the latter ceased, this mode of inflecting
the verb without increasing its syllables, ceased also, or at least became unusual.
It appears that the inflecting
of verbs with th without a vowel, as well as with st without a vowel, was more common in very ancient times than subsequently.