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Standard English
You'ze lot 've got a lot to learn.

Standard English

'Standard English' is the variety of English that is considered by many to be the accepted form of English: it shows no variations (e.g. regional variations) that are considered by some to be ungrammatical or non-standard.

Standard English should be spoken with Received Pronunciation (RP): without regional variations. It emerged from the 18th and 19th century aristocracy and it continues to be the standard for spoken English. Standard English and RP are extensively used in the media, by politicians, by public servants, in government departments and educational institutions.

Next time you watch a news broadcast or a politician speaking on television, listen to their voices and see if you can spot any non-standard English - you should find there is very little, if any.

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1.
Choose which word(s) are in non-standard English.
She doesn't know 'im.
'im
She
doesn't
know
It should be 'him'
2.
Choose which word(s) are in non-standard English.
When yow walked in the dooer.
When, yow
yow, in
in, dooer
yow, dooer
They should be 'you' and 'door'
3.
Choose which word(s) are in non-standard English.
If he 'adn't've gone to the match he wouldn't of been late.
wouldn't, of
'adn't've, wouldn't
gone, of
'adn't've, of
They should be 'hadn't' and 'have'
4.
Choose which word(s) are in non-standard English.
Wot dya want, then?
Wot, want
dya, then
Wot, dya
Wot, then
They should be 'what' and 'do you'
5.
Choose which word(s) are in non-standard English.
Then he jumped off of the wall.
off
Then
of
the
'of' is not required
6.
Choose which word(s) are in non-standard English.
Waz 'is name, then?
Waz, 'is
Waz, name
'is, then
name, then
They should be 'what's' and 'his'. TIP! It might sound cool to talk like this with your friends, but AVOID talking or writing in non-standard English in serious or formal situations
7.
Choose which word(s) are in non-standard English.
I can do that quicklier than you. I don't have nothin' to tell you.
can, don't
quicklier, nothin'
than, nothin'
can, quicklier
They should be 'quicker' and 'anything'
8.
Choose which word(s) are in non-standard English.
I ain't never done nothin' like that.
ain't, done
ain't, like
ain't, nothin'
like, that
They should be 'have' and 'anything'
9.
Choose which word(s) are in non-standard English.
That's the swing she swinged on.
swinged
That's
swing
on
It should be 'swung'. It's an irregular verb: 'swing-swung-swung' (principal parts)
10.
Choose which word(s) are in non-standard English.
You'ze lot 've got a lot to learn.
You'ze, lot
You'ze, 've
've, got
You'ze, got
They should be 'you' and 'have'
Author:  Frank Evans

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