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MAY, v. Sc. forms: 1st and 3rd pers. sing. may, unstressed or shortened ma (s.Sc. 1793 T. Scott Poems 320), esp. in phrs. fient or deil ma care (Dmf. 1823 J. Kennedy Poems 99; Sc. 1825 Wilson Noctes Amb. (1855) I. 19); 2nd pers. sing. may (Rnf. a.1810 R. Tannahill Poems (1900) 266). Neg. forms mayna (Sc. 1826 Wilson Noctes Amb. (1855) I. 99; Rnf. 1870 J. Nicholson Idylls 55; Wgt. 1912 A.O.W.B. Fables 9, Bnff. 1924 Swatches o' Hamespun 19). Gen.Sc.; manie, mennie (Sc. c.1805 Child Ballads (1956) V. 270); ΒΆmaunna (Slk. 1899 C. M. Thomson Drummeldale 129); minna (Abd. 1811 Garland of Bon Accord (1886) 37). For pa.t. see Micht.

[The reduced form ma appears in O.Sc. from 1375 and in Mid.Eng.]

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