The English language is notoriously difficult to learn and get right. This is partially because it is such a mishmash of things. At its core, English is a mess of Germanic languages, Latin, and Greek. On top of that, the English language has traveled the entire world picking up phrases and words as it went. Many English speakers casually use words like "Gesundheit," "Sushi," "Chai," and "Bistro" day in and day out without ever thinking about their roots. Of course, these common words used in the English world are German, Japanese, Indian and Russian.
With so many words with different roots, its no wonder that it's hard to discern any sort of universal patterns within English, and that knowing the correct pronunciation and usage of words is tough. Unlike many other languages, which are phonetic, meaning that they sound the way they are spelled, or use accents to denote pronunciation, English is mostly memorization. It is even full of words which sound the same, but mean totally different things and are spelled differently. English is truly a tricky language to grasp. If you are a true master of the English language, see if you can pick the right words to complete these sentences in this difficult quiz!
Piece is a noun. It is a small amount of something that has been taken from a whole.
Sea is a noun. It is the body of salt water that covers most of the earth's surface.
Prize is a noun. A prize is given to someone who wins a competition or who has done good work.
Genuine is an adjective. It means something is real, authentic or exactly as it appears to be.
Error is a noun. An error is a mistake that is large enough to effect the outcome of something.
Justify is a verb. It means to be able to prove that something is correct, reasonable or right.
Distinguish is a verb. It means to be able to tell two people or things apart by their differences.
Read is a verb. It means to understand written or printed words or symbols.
Absolutely is an adverb. It can be used for emphasis both negatively and positively.
Require is a verb. It means to need something.
Tail is a noun. It is the back part of the body of an animal.
Alter is a verb meaning to change. Altar is a noun which refers to a table used in religious rituals.
Sale is a noun. It can be the exchange of anything for money, or a time period during which a retailer sells objects at a reduced price.
As a noun, campaign is a series of plans meant to achieve a political, social or commercial aim. To campaign is to work on these plans.
Extraordinary is an adjective. It describes something unexpected, surprising, incredible, or strange.
Fundamental is an adjective. It describes something very important or serious or something that affects the core of something else.
Harmful is an adjective. It means to cause damage or injury to someone or something.
Introduced is a verb in the past tense. It means to have told someone your name or another person's name, based on the context of the sentence.
Latter is an adjective. It is used to describe the second to last of two people or things.
Morale is a noun. It relates to the confidence, enthusiasm, or discipline of an individual or group.
Nice is an adjective. It describes something enjoyable, pleasant, or attractive.
Behavior is a noun. It is the way someone acts toward themselves and others.
Origins is a plural noun. It is the point from which a thing starts or its cause.
Principle is a noun. A principle is a rule or belief that forms the foundation of a chain of reasoning or way of conducting behavior.
Quiet is an adjective. It means to make little or no noise.
Rejected is a past tense verb. To reject someone or something is to dismiss them or it as not being up to par.
Route is a noun. It is a fixed way someone follows to get from one place to another.
Servant is a noun. A servant is someone who works in another person's home and sees to their needs.
Urge is a verb. It means to try hard to get someone to do something.
Loose is an adjective. It describes something that is either not firmly fixed or does not fit closely.
Enable is a verb. It means generally to make it possible for someone to complete an action.
Civil is an adjective which can relate to the people who live in a country. It can also mean to be polite in a formal way, which is not necessarily full of genuine warmth.
Obtain is a verb. It means to get something by exerting effort.
League is a noun. It is a level of quality or a group organized and combined for a specific purpose.
Identity is a noun. It is who or what someone or something is.