10 interesting facts about English!

1. The most common letter in English is “e”.

2. The most common vowel in English in “e”.

3. The most common consonant in English is “r”.

4. More English words begin with the letter “s” than with any other letter.

5. The longest English word without a true vowel (a, e, i, o or u) is “rhythm”.

6. The shortest complete sentence in English is “I am.”. 

7. Only two English words in current use end in “-gry”. They are “angry” and “hungry”.

8. There are only 4 English words in common use ending in “-dous”: hazardous, horrendous, stupendous, and tremendous.

9.  The following sentence contains all 26 letters of alphabet: “The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog”.

10.  The dot over the letter “i” and the letter “j” is called a “superscript dot”. 

Useful Expressions: Giving your opinion

  1. In my opinion, this one would be better.
  2. To my mind this one’s better.
  3. If you ask me, this one’s better.
  4. To my way of thinking, this one’s fine.
  5. In my view, this one is best.
  6. Know what I think? That one’s best.
  7. I’d say tomorrow that one’s better.
  8. What I think is that one’s better.
  9. For me, that one’s better.
  10. I tell you what I think, that one’s best.

Useful Expressions: Excuses for being late

  1. Sorry – I didn’t hear the alarm clock.
  2. The alarm didn’t go off.
  3. I slept right through the alarm.
  4. I had to wait ages for a bus.
  5. The bus was late.
  6. The traffic was terrible.
  7. I couldn’t find a parking space.
  8. The roads were chockablock.
  9. I got lost coming here.
  10. It’s not an easy place to find.