On World English Day, take a quick quiz on the language
Today is World English Day.
The UN came up with the idea in 2010 "to celebrate multilingualism and cultural diversity".
April 23 was chosen because it is the date "traditionally observed as both the birthday and date of death of William Shakespeare".
On this day then, we invite you to take a quick quiz on the language. (Answers are given at the end of the article.)
1. The words "not only" should always be followed by the words?
2. Are you "remanded to" or "remanded in" police custody?
3. Is it "to date" or "till date"?
4. What is the difference between "ingenious" and "ingenuous"?
5. Would you say "My friend and I" or "me and my friend"?
1. The words "not only" are always followed by the words "but also".
Example sentence: "Not only" is Rohan a fantastic batsman "but" he is "also" a handy bowler.
2. You are remanded in police custody. A number of people get this wrong, as do a number of newspapers.
3. It is "to date". The Oxford dictionary however now recognises "till date" as being an Indianism.
4. The two words mean very different things. Ingenious means "clever, original, and inventive". Ingenuous on the other hand means "innocent and unsuspecting".
5. You always say "My friend and I". An easy way to remember this is to remind yourself that your friend always comes before you.