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The rules of the English language that Americans themselves constantly violate


A source: Yandex Zen

Native speakers often deviate from the language norm - the language that we meet on the BBC and in textbooks is different from how ordinary people communicate. To speak pure English or to make some mistakes to sound more natural is the choice of everyone, writes the author of the blog “Inglex about English” on Yandex Zen.

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Twice no

English textbooks clearly state that double negation cannot be used. Carriers often turn a blind eye to this rule. You may hear phrases such as: "I don't need no help." (I do not need help.), "He doesn't want it no more." (He doesn't need it anymore.) Correctly these phrases would sound like "I don't need any help." и “He doesn't want it anymore”.


To build sentences in English, you must use the verb to be (to be), which is consistent with the subject in person and number. However, native speakers often replace different forms of this verb in negative form with ain't... For example, in sentences such as:

It isn't right... - It is not right.

This isn't working... - This does not work.

We aren't going to do that... - We will not do this.

Instead of to be put ain't:

It ain't right.

This ain't working.

We ain't going to do that.

Also ain't can be used at the end of tail questions, for example:

She is the new girl, ain't she?- She's new, isn't she?

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Intonation questions

English has a fixed word order for each type of sentence. In rule questions, we put the auxiliary verb first before the subject, for example:

Do you want to come? - Want to go?

However, native speakers often show the question with an ascending intonation, leaving the word order in direct, that is, you just speak "You want to come?" with an interrogative intonation, as in Russian.

Violation of the rules should not be abused. First of all, you need to learn how to speak correctly. Do not forget that such mistakes among native speakers are made either by adolescents, for which they are actively reprimanded by parents and teachers, or by people who have not received a good education. Be that as it may, knowing about such features of the language is useful, but using it in your speech is not at all necessary.

Original column published on the blog. "Inglex pro English" on Yandex Zen.

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