WHY ENGLISH IS HARD!
The joy of English Language is a beauty to behold.
It’s easy for us English folk or so we’re always told.
The foreign guys they say to me, “Some things to us aren’t clear.”
And then they mention all the words to me they surely know I fear.
“It seems to us the strangest thing, but have we ‘earned’ or ‘earnt’?
And when we fully understand it should we say we’ve ‘learned’ or ‘learnt’?”
As a native English speaker I should really help them here,
But to think about it clearly, simply makes it more unclear.
I ‘dreamt’ I knew the answers, or was that something that I ‘dreamed’?
I thought I ‘spelled’ quite brilliantly, or ‘spelt’? I almost screamed!
Does something end up ‘hanged’ or ‘hung’, “Both are right” I always whine,
But it depends if you mean killers or just washing on the line!
You can ‘bat your lashes’ or ‘lash your bats’ if you feel that way inclined
It rains like ‘cats and dogs’ but never ‘dogs and cats’, you’ll find.
For one to have a ‘Knife and Fork’ is a normal phrase in Britain
But a ‘Fork and Knife’ sounds stranger than a 6 legged barking kitten
We ‘let the cat out of the bag’ by saying things we should not share
But no one ever seems to ask “Who put the poor cat there?”
After someone ‘sings’ a lovely song, you can say that “They have sung it”.
And after someone ‘rings’ a bell, say quite clearly “They have rung it”,
But if you hear a thing that ‘pings’ you can’t say “It has pung”.
And if you hear a thing that ‘dings’ do NOT say “It has dung”!
I can ‘cling’ to something for a time, after that I say ‘I clung’.
You can ‘bring’ a thing to somewhere but please don’t ever say “It’s brung!”
More confusion lies with ‘lay’ and ‘lie’, here’s where tense can make you tense.
What’s worse for everybody is that these make little sense.
YOU yourself can LIE on a couch, you LAY a book on a table or chair.
But yesterday I LAY on the couch, but the book it was LAID. Nightmare!
So ‘I had LAIN’ on the couch for some time and the book, ‘I had LAID’, by the flowers.
To learn which is which and which one when, can take time, at the least, many hours.
I hope this all helps!
I'm Andy. I try to make interesting Digital Art. Thank you.