pilgrim Evolving English Quiz
(at least nobody doubts that languages evolve)

1.  During the last 1000 years or so, the number of irregular verbs  has ___________ when you compare modern English with Old and Middle English.
A. stayed more or less the same with new ones replacing the old    B. steadily declined         C. actually increased

2. Some words are very resistant to change or mutation and thus appear  and sound pretty much the same after many generations. One such category concerns:
A. numbers     B. cleanliness         C. adjectives

3. Regular verbs in the past tense take "ed" at the end. True or False: This is because at one time the structure of English was quite different. The response to the question "Did you work today?" would be "I the work did."
A. True           B. False             C. It depends

4. To be is the most irregular of all English verbs having eight forms:  be, being,been, am are, is, was were, and is derived from
A. Saxon      B. Latin     C. a mixture of several languages and verbs

5.  Spoken English is evolving much faster than written English.
A. True        B. False             C. It depends

6. In Old Englishphrasal verbs were extremely rare, unlike the present day where they are so widely used.  The came into their own
about the same time as Shakespeare. Did  William
Shakespeare, master playwright and consummate poet, refuse to use them?
A. Yes, he abhorred  use of phrasal verbs deeming them too coarse or common  B. No, he used thousands of them in his work      

7.   Many researchers today are trying to reverse engineer  languages like English, Greek, or Sanskrit to recreate the original Proto-Indo-European language 
A. True         B. False      

8. Many languages have both a formal and an informal or intimate form for the second person. This often sparks class conflicts or poses questions of respect. English is nicer using only the informal or friendly YOU for everyone.
A. Absolutely true
B. More or less right      
C. Misleading
D. Utterly false

9.  According to Jean-Baptiste Michel and others the rate that a word mutates in a language is directly proportional to how often it is used.
A. True           B. False         C. It depends

10.  Children from the age of about 18 months until they reach their teens learn about ______ new words each day..
A. half a dozen          B. 11 or so         C. twenty five

Bonus question What does Eeny, meeny, miny, moe mean?


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