From Old English ġe- (perfective and associative prefix), from Proto-Germanic *ga-.
- Alternative form of y-, a common Middle English prefix
- Often confused with Middle English words þe (the) or ye due to typographic variation.
- ȝe- / y- is pronounced /ɪ/, consistent with the Old English pronunciation of ge- as /je/, /jə/
- In Middle English, ye is pronounced /ðiː, ðə/ and is effectively an alternate spelling of the.