Some people complained that English is such a difficult language. It is difficult to learn a language when some “patterns” in the language are inconsistent, for examples the spelling patterns, verb patterns, and grammar rules that are “inconsistent” as shown in the following.
Why in English…..?
- why look becomes looked in past tense, take become took but but go cannot be goed and eat cannot be eated
- a box is ok, and its plural is boxes; yet ox cannot be oxes, but oxen
- a fowl is a goose and two are called geese, yet the plural of moose can never be meese.
- a mouse will become mice when they are many, yet a house cannot be hice
- the plural of man is men, but the plural pan is not pen
- we talk about our foot but we show our feet; when we take a boot we cannot call a pair of beet.
- one tooth, two teeth, but can’t one booth be two beeth?
- we use that to refer to one boy and those to refer to four boys but why can’t hat become hose? yet, why cat can become cats, not cose?
- we say brother and brethren but we can’t say mother and methren
- for male pronoun, we use he, him, and his, yet for female why we use she but not shim and shis.
- Why teachers taught but preachers cannot praught?
Isn’t English a weird language?
It is even more difficult to learn the English language when idioms in English are “foreign” to second/foreign language learners.
- Is there an egg in eggplant, or ham in hamburger or pine in pineaple?
- Was English muffin invented in England? No!
- Why boxing rings are square?
- Why is a guinea pig not from Guinea and why is it not a pig?
- Why writers write, but fingers don’t fing, hammers don’t ham, and grocers don’t groce?
- If a vegetarian eats vegetables, humanitarian eats what?
- We have noses that run but feet that smell.
- Why a slim chance is ok but not a fat chance ?
- You fill in a form by filling it out
- An alarm goes off by goin on.
- If Father is a Pop, why Mother cannot be a Mop?
Do you have some examples to be shared here?