Gothic, the earliest attested Germanic language, had not only the two numbers we are familiar with (singular and plural), but also a third. The dual tells us that there are two of the object in question. Gothic had dual first- and second-person pronouns and dual verb endings to match. Old English, fortunately, retains distinctive dual forms only in the pronoun paradigm: it uses plural verbs with these dual pronouns. Since modern readers find the dual pronouns charming, they also find them easy to learn.