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  • 1. April 5, 2008 www.dilipbarad.comWhat makes EnglishWhat makes EnglishDifficult ?Difficult ?Funny aspects of English LanguageFunny aspects of English Language1
  • 2. April 5, 2008 www.dilipbarad.comWhat makes Englishdifficult?• Its vs. Its• Its is the contracted form of It is. This form isused in sentences using "they" as the subject ofthe sentence with the verb "to be" used as eitherthe helping verb (e.g. Its going ..., Its raining ...)or the principal verb of the sentence.• Examples:• Its difficult to find work these days.Its going to rain soon.2
  • 3. April 5, 2008 www.dilipbarad.com• Its is the possessive pronoun form. Thisform is used to express that "it" has aspecific quality, or that something belongsto "it".• Examples:• I found its taste to be superb!Its color is deep red, almost Burgundy3
  • 4. April 5, 2008 www.dilipbarad.comHas gone to vs. Has been to• Has gone to vs. Has been to• ... has/have gone to ... refers tosomeone who has gone to a place but hasnot yet returned.• Examples:• Hes gone to the bank. He should be backsoon.• Where has Tom gone?4
  • 5. April 5, 2008 www.dilipbarad.comFunny aspect of Eglish…• There is no egg in eggplant nor ham inhamburger; neither apple nor pine inpineapple... English muffins were notinvented in England or French fries inFrance. Sweetmeats are candies,while sweetbreads, which arentsweet, are meat.5
  • 6. April 5, 2008 www.dilipbarad.com• We take English for granted. But ifwe explore its paradoxes, we findthat quicksand can work slowly,boxing rings are square, and a guineapig is neither from Guinea nor is it apig.6
  • 7. April 5, 2008 www.dilipbarad.com• And why is it that writers write, butfingers dont fing, grocers dont groce,and hammers dont ham? If the plural oftooth is teeth, why isnt the plural ofbooth beeth? One goose, 2 geese. So, onemoose, 2 meese? One index, two indices?Is cheese theplural of choose?7
  • 8. April 5, 2008 www.dilipbarad.com• If teachers taught, why didntpreachers praught? If a vegetarianeats vegetables, what does ahumanitarian eat?8
  • 9. April 5, 2008 www.dilipbarad.com• In what language do peopleShip by truck, and send cargo by ship?Have noses that run and feet that smell?Park on driveways and drive on parkways?How can a slim chance and a fat chance bethe same, while a wise man and a wise guyare opposites? How can the weather behot as hell one day and cold as hellanother?9
  • 10. April 5, 2008 www.dilipbarad.com• When the stars are out, they arevisible, but when the lights are out,they are invisible. And why, when Iwind up my watch, I start it, butwhen I wind up this essay, I end it?10
  • 11. April 5, 2008 www.dilipbarad.comSome more…• The soldier decided to desert hisdessert in the desert.• The bandage was wound around thewound.• A box in the plural becomes is boxes.But an Ox in the plural neverbecomes oxes. (It becomes Oxen).11
  • 12. www.dilipbarad.comThank You ! ! !• www.dilipbarad.com• www.wikieducator.org/user:Dilipbarad12