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The Impact of the Internet on the English Language

The Impact of the Internet on the English Language For hundreds of years, technology has been driving the evolution of the English language. In the fifteenth century, the invention of the printing press established standard methods of spelling English words. New forms of punctuation were invented to make printed texts easier to read, and for the first time people from …

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Words That Have Changed Their Meaning Over Time

English Words That Have Changed Their Meanings

Words That Have Changed Their Meanings Over Time Languages are constantly changing and evolving, and the same is true of individual words. Sometimes words change their meaning very quickly; for example, when the word mouse came to mean the pointing device that we use to control a computer. A computer mouse is about the same size as the animal, and …

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The Great English Vowel Shift

The Great English Vowel Shift

The Great English Vowel Shift People who are learning English often find it difficult to pronounce English vowels. Some English vowels can be pronounced in several different ways, depending on the spelling of the word, and sometimes they are even pronounced differently in words that have similar spellings. For example, the ‘ea’ in ‘bread’ is pronounced the same as the …

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The History of English Poetry

The History of English Poetry

The History of English Poetry English poetry has a long and distinguished history. Poets began writing in Old English as early as the seventh century, but the most famous Old English poem, Beowulf, has been dated to the eight century. Beowulf deals with the adventures of a brave warrior in Pre-Christian Europe. He kills two monsters, becomes a king, and …

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The History of the English Alphabet

The History of the English Alphabet Ancient Alphabets An alphabet is a collection of symbols used to spell out words. In an alphabet, each symbol represents a phoneme, or a unit of sound. The Egyptians were the first people to use symbols to represent sounds, but their hieroglyphics aren’t an example of a true alphabet, because each symbol represented a …

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Confusing English Words

Confusing English Words

Confusing English Words English can be a confusing language for people who grew up speaking Spanish. Many words sound the same, but are spelt differently. Sometimes these words have very different meanings, and sometimes there is only a small difference. Sometimes, two words that are pronounced the same are spelt differently in order to keep them separate. People who want …

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Common English Abbreviations

Common English Abbreviations

Common English Abbreviations Contractions The English language contains a number of abbreviations, or words that are shortened in order to make them easier to write and pronounce. The most common kind of abbreviations are called contractions. A contraction is formed by joining two words with an apostrophe. For example, the words ‘you are,’ can be joined by a contraction, becoming …

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Suffixes and Their Meanings

Suffixes and Their Meanings

Suffixes and Their Meanings Inflectional Suffixes A suffix is a letter or a group of letters that are placed at the end of a word in order to change its meaning. In English, the most common suffixes are used to change the grammatical meaning of the word. These are called inflectional suffixes. For example, the suffix ‘s’ is used to …

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Learning English As a Second Language

Learning English As a Second Language Language is a very important part of human society, and has been evolving for hundreds of thousands of years. Learning a language is a difficult task, but can be very rewarding. Fortunately, everyone has experience learning at least one language. If you look at the way you learned your native language as a child, …

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The English Language: Dialects

The English Language: Dialects

The English Language: Dialects The English language has been evolving and changing since before the Middle Ages, and today there are many different English dialects. English is a pluricentric language, which means that there isn’t a single dialect that is considered correct. Different dialects have evolved naturally as the language has spread to different parts of the world, including North …

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