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We'll begin with a box, and the plural is boxes;
but the plural of ox became oxen not oxes.
One fowl is a goose, but two are called geese,
yet the plural of moose should never be meese.

You may find a lone mouse or a nest full of mice;
yet the plural of house is houses, not hice.
If the plural of man is always called men,
why shouldn't the plural of pan be called pen?

If I spoke of my foot and show you my feet,
and I give you a boot, would a pair be called beet?

If one is a tooth and a whole set are teeth,
why shouldn't the plural of booth be called beeth?

Then one may be that, and three would be those,
yet hat in the plural would never be hose,
and the plural of cat is cats, not cose.

We speak of a brother and also of brethren,
but though we say mother we never say methren.
Then the masculine pronouns are he, his and him,
but imagine the feminine, she, shis and shim.
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Some reasons to be grateful if you grew up speaking English;
1) The bandage was wound around the wound.
2) The farm was used to produce produce.
3) The dump was so full that it had to refuse more refuse.
4) We must polish the Polish furniture.
5) He could lead if he would get the lead out.
6) The soldier decided to desert his dessert in the desert.
7) There is no time like the present, he said it was time to present the present.
8) At the Army base, a bass was painted on the head of a bass drum.
9) When shot at, the dove dove into the bushes.
10) I did not object to the object.
11) The insurance was invalid for the invalid.
12) There was a row among the oarsmen about how to row.
13) They were too close to the door to close it.
14) The buck does funny things when the does are present.
15) A seamstress and a sewer fell down into a sewer line.
16) To help with planting, the farmer taught his sow to sow.
17) The wind was too strong to wind the sail.
18) After a number of **** injections, my jaw got number.
19) Upon seeing the tear in the painting I shed a tear.
20) I had to subject the subject to a series of tests.
21) How can I intimate this to my most intimate friend?
22) I spent last evening evening out a pile of dirt.

Let's face it - English is a crazy language.

There is no egg in eggplant nor ham in hamburger; neither apple nor pine In pineapple.

English muffins weren't invented in England.

We take English for granted. But if we explore its paradoxes, we find that quicksand can work slowly, boxing rings are square and a guinea pig is neither from Guinea nor is it a pig.

And why is it that writers write but fingers don't fing, grocers don't groce and hammers don't ham?

Doesn't it seem crazy that you can make amends but not one amend?

If you have a bunch of odds and ends and get rid of all but one of them, what do you call it?

If teachers taught, why didn't preachers praught?

If a vegetarian eats vegetables, what does a humanitarian eat?

In what language do people recite at a play and play at a recital?

Ship by truck and send cargo by ship?

Have noses that run and feet that smell?

How can a slim chance and a fat chance be the same, while a wise man and a wiseguy are opposites?

You have to marvel at the unique lunacy of a language in which your house can burn up as it burns down, in which you fill in a form by filling it out and in which an alarm goes off by going on.

If Dad is Pop, how come! Mom isn't Mop?

GO FIGURE! That's American English.

unlike Sanskrit english made its own rules of pronounciation & Grammar in a different way based on the words derivated from

example CH is pronounced as ka wen the word is derived from greek example
character = karakter
CH is pronounced as sha wen the word is from french
ex champagne,chateau

similarly with singulars & plurals.
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Re: Why English is So Difficult ?
Replying to [Deepali]:I say that and is my mother
toung , we were forced to learn it ,and was a must subject in our exams ,I find now that some who have learned to speak it can do it much better than we ,
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Re: Why English is So Difficult ?
Replying to [Deepali]:

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One of the best post I have ever read. Nice usage of English too. Excellent.
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Replying to [Deepali]:

That is a great piece of work on the English language.

Having used to say men instead of mans, as some of my lesser able friends said, I like the way it is being displayed.

This is the best, in agreement with Thomas.

Thank you.

Dick
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Welcome to the world of irregular English
Replying to [Deepali]:Dear Deepali
Nice piece of work. This is what all the English learners have to go through to master the English Language.

But notice that English tend to be a regular Language, in the sense that they follow a common structure. All new verbs that are coined , are regulars, past tenses are formed by adding the suffix "ed", plurals are formed by adding "s" or "es".

However all the irregularities shown here come mostly from old times.
Even I notice in little native-speaker kids when they are learning to express their thoughts in English, make mistakes as they use the regular structure first. I have heard little kids saying "when I goed to school", But after we. grown-ups correct them , they know they have to use the irregular form went.

So those irregularities in English must be learned the hard way, by memory and lots of practicing. No need to be afraid to memorize them, those irregulars are not a big number. Most of the times the English verbs are regulars.
Vicente
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Re: Welcome to the world of irregular English
lmao @ Deepsi

now that is a great post.......

adn the really scary part Deepsi is that even for those of us who have been using it as our first language for all our lives can make mistakes easily.

I have noticed that most of our Indian bretheren in here use a very formal style of British English (almost Victorian) at times.....and that style of English is very stringent with its rules...

American English is as different from that as you can get. The AMericans decided early on that British English was just plain crazy.. so they started making small changes (like dropping 'u' from some words).... They also "loosened" the strict usage of the language to make it looser (for want of a better word).

In the last 10-20 years slang/ ebonics and even more loosening of the language has made it even more difficult to keep up with... Some almost "dialects" are appearing in some small groups.

English is a living changing language and new words and phrases are always coming along and being added....... older phrases and words falling into disuse.

I think you might find that this is where many of the misunderstandings seems to stem from in dealing with English speaking buyers/sellers.......... For those who use English all their lives it is easy to forget that in other countries (many of which teach a more 'formal' English) may not understand the nuances that are being used by English speakers.

I understand that the difference in Japanese betwen House and Castle is a single stroke in the character......... For those who don;t know Japanese well I would think that "nuance" would be easy to miss........ It is the same with English....

and yep....... it is one crazy language!
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Re: Why English is So Difficult ?
Replying to [Deepali]:It's so longer for reading.[em8]
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Replying to [Nancy811815]:Dear Nancy
Yes, reading is a serious business, you need to put your part in allocating time for it. At least an hour to read in English and you will see great improvement on your vocabulary, more if possible.
If message looks long to you. Break into two or three parts, so you could finish it in similar number of sessions. But these are good advices for any English learner to follow. Keep it up as Kiloia said

Today is cloudy, tomorrow will be sunny.

As somebody else posted before: No Pain, No Gain

Anything that you learn and took you great efforts, will stay with you forever. Something that comes easy, will also leave you easily.

Vicente
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Re: Why English is So Difficult ?
Replying to [Deepali]:While reading your post heading, I was thinking about myslef. For me english is a GHOST, who always make me afraid from it. When I was in Sixth Standard, that time, I start the english study. Now almost 29 years have passed. In my last work, my all the work was in english only, but there I never speaks english.

When I came to China, here no alternate for the language, either Chinese or either English. In starting I found, the Chinese person use the American English and use the word, which one come first in the dictionary in front of the Chinese word, So every time, I need to refer the dictionary.

For the words as you mentioned, we always asked like but and put. When pronounce both are differ. CH is also as we say Chemistry (kemistry) and call Mr. Chopra or Kopra. [em1].

When first time I read the Tences, I was not knowing the meaning at all. [em3].

Still, my grammer is not so good. Every day I read, watch TV and study, English and Chinese.

[em38]KILOIA[em38]
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Replying to [KILOIA]:Mr. Goel, I think you could have learnt Chinese uptill now.

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More such text can be read at below link :

http://www.chineseenglish.com/why%20englis%20so%20difficult%20to%20learn.shtml
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