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February 6, 2007

For everyone who desires to be a fluent English speaker must be aware from tricks that you may found when you are studying, reading, listening, speaking or writing in English.

Some of you might don’t know yet, but for every rule exist an exception.  Like those below:

I'll begin with a box, and the plural is boxes;
but the plural of ox became oxen not oxes.

One fowl is a goose, but two are called geese,
yet the plural of moose should never be meese.

You may find alone mouse or a nest full of mice;
yet the plural of house is houses, not hice.

If the plural of man is always called men,
why shouldn't the plural of pan be called pen?

If I spoke of my foot and show you my feet, and I give you a boot, would a pair be called beet?

If one is a tooth and a whole set are teeth,
why shouldn't the plural of booth be called beeth?

Then one may be that, and three would be those,
yet hat in the plural would never be hose,
and the plural of cat is cats, not cose.

We speak of a brother and also of brethren,
but though we say mother, we never say methren.

Then the masculine pronouns are he, his and him,
but imagine the feminine, she, shis and shim.

So our English, I think you will agree,
Is the trickiest language you ever did see.

There is no egg in eggplant nor ham in hamburger;
neither apple nor pine in pineapple.

English muffins weren't invented in England.

We take English for granted. But if we explore its paradoxes, we find that

* quicksand can work slowly,
* boxing rings are square
* and a guinea pig is neither from Guinea nor is it a pig.

And why is it that writers write but fingers don't fing, grocers don't groce, and hammers don't ham?

Doesn't it seem crazy that you can make amends but not one amend?

If you have a bunch of odds and ends and get rid of all but one of them, what do you call it?

If teachers taught, why didn't preachers praught?

If a vegetarian eats vegetables, what does a humanitarian eat?

Sometimes I think all the folks who grew up speaking English should be committed to an asylum for the verbally insane.

In what other language do people recite at a play; and play at a recital?
Ship by truck and send cargo by ship?

Have noses that run and feet that smell?

How can a slim chance and a fat chance be the same, while a wise man and a wise guy are opposites?

You have to marvel at the unique lunacy of a language in which your house can burn up as it burns down, in which you fill in a form by filling it out and in which an alarm goes off by going on.

If Dad is Pop, how's come Mom isn't Mop?

After all of this... Dont you think English is a language that you never learn.. keep improving and learning...

Peace everyone...


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09:09 PM Apr 20 2012

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Good report!  That's the benefit of getting inside the language.

12:10 AM Sep 07 2011





02:09 AM Sep 19 2007


 You´re right. I have been living in UK during 3 years and happened the same. Almost my teachers were english natives and many...many times I asked this kind of questions and they just answered... that´s english! But don´t give me a rule or understanding explanation. They said that there isn´t a explanation for this and you have memorize the exceptions and that´s it.

05:56 AM Jul 26 2007


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04:32 AM May 14 2007



i think,you are right!

07:29 AM Mar 31 2007



very interesting and rewardful!

07:15 AM Mar 24 2007



fantastic  keep it up

10:24 AM Mar 17 2007



Hi Dear Elaine how are you today? i hope everything is going well for you, wow! it's awesome i like your profile is so cool!! and meu amiga come vai voce? muito bien, hey dear Elaine, i think that you are a wonderful woman really want to be yoru friend, thank you so much for your advices in this blog!! pretty good and funny!hehe... well i want to congratulate you i study management and in the future i will study abroad surely international bussines it's my career, well... i know that you are enjoy your visit in EEUU, the best wishes for you, darling, take care Elaine and muito obrigado, que viva Brasil pais mais bello del mundo............. adios sozhiña. bye bye.

12:07 PM Mar 14 2007



Very very funny , congratulations Elaine. I just don't know if non-Brazilians speakers will understand every sentence, but those related to their mother language, sacou?

I haven't traveled abroad yet, but someday  maybe I will. My english needs to be improved a lot.

01:01 PM Mar 06 2007



Great!!! I appreciate it..More!!!