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Shakespeare added many words to English.

Everyone in the world knows Shakespeare. Shakespeare has created a great deal of span in the English language. He invented many words and used them in his writings. Native English speakers now use these words in their daily conversations. Some of these words are:

Addiction, Bedazzled, Cold-blooded, Swagger, Break the ice.

The roots of English words are French or Old English

After the Norman conquest of England in 1066, French became the main language of the aristocracy in Britain. Also at that time, the lower classes of the society spoke Old English, whose words were close to German, and eventually marriage between the two peoples led to the combination of two languages, and Middle English, which is very similar to modern English, emerged. Words derived from French are often formal and complex; while words extracted from Old English seem more informal. For example, “Commence” is a word that is used a lot by the French, and commencer in this language means to start. The root of the word begins, the German word beginnan, which is no longer in use, means to begin.

In the past, English had a grammatical gender.

English has had gender segregation in the past, as has French and many other languages, but this segregation has been removed altogether. A book called Gender Shifts IN the History of English generally describes how English has lost its gender grammar system over time.

Changing English letters from 29 letters to 26 letters.

Over time, English letters have typically decreased, due to the combination of two letters and the creation of a new sound and letter.

The United States has no official language.

Some US states have declared English as their official language; But the United States does not have an official language at the federal level. The most common language used in the United States is English; but language alone is not available. People living in the United States have diverse backgrounds and speak a wide variety of languages.

William Caxton was one of the people who played an important role in the complexity of English spelling.

In the Middle Ages, scribes tried to write the words as they were pronounced as possible; but due to the wide variety of dialects, this led to a lot of inconsistencies. Then, after that period, the Englishman William Caxton established the first printing press. The workers he hired wrote the words the way they were used to.

The official language of air travel is English

The official language of air travel is English. It does not matter in which part of the world you fly; the pilot and the watchtower must speak English.

Add new words every 2 hours

The authors of the Oxford Dictionary estimate that about 4,000 new words are added to the dictionary each year. This means that a new word is added every two hours.

There are about 1.5 billion English speakers in the world

20% of the world’s population speak English to each other, of which about 600 to 700 million are non-natives.

The longest word in English

Pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanokoniosis this is a medical term used to describe lung disease due to the inhalation of soil, sand or ash.

The shortest complete English sentence

An ambiguous sentence is one, in which nothing is omitted. The sentence “I am” consists of three letters and is the shortest complete sentence in English.

The most common name used in English

The Oxford English Dictionary has identified the word time as the most commonly used noun in English.

We hope you found this article useful and that we are able to introduce you to some interesting English facts and tips.

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