With a quarter of the population of the world speaking it, the English language is probably the most widely spoken language. Without a doubt, a language so popular is bound to be surrounded by misconceptions and myths. Here we are listing a few:
- Paragraphs must be a certain number of sentences
You must have been told throughout your school years that a paragraph is a group of sentences. This is not strictly true, a paragraph, in fact, can be just one sentence if it gets your point across. If you have nothing relating to add to it, you can just skip to the next paragraph.
- Only the British speak proper English
One of the reasons why English is spoken worldwide is because of its versatility and how easily it adapts to changes in it. Though a few of the versions may seem off to you, they are just dialects of basic English. British people do speak proper English but it’s not the only right way to speak it. People like the Irish, Americans and Australians have a different take on English which is not wrong.
- You Need to Think in English to Get Fluent
You need to learn how to walk before you can run. Similarly, you need to be comfortable with English before you can ‘think in English’. This is common advice people fluent with English tend to give out. Although for people who are just starting to learn the language, you should rather try learning by chunks, imitation and repetition. This will not only make you fluent but also help you get more comfortable with English.
In English, an infinitive is usually the form of a verb starting with "to," like "to sit" or "to talk." You must have been told that it is wrong to put a word between infinitives when in fact, there’s no formal evidence that splitting infinitives are incorrect. Let’s take the famous line from Star Trek in consideration that says, "To boldly go where no man has gone before." There is nothing wrong in it just like it isn’t wrong to split any of the infinitives.
Contractions are short forms for a word, syllable, or a word group like ‘let us’ is changed to ‘let’s’ or ‘did not’ becomes ‘didn’t’. A lot of writing guides will recommend that you should never use contractions when it comes to academic or formal writing. This, however, is just a misconception and using contractions is in fact recommended and quite proper.
- Written by Nitin Rastogi at our Meerut Headquarter