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Is English grammar easier than other language?


Robert McCrum, the writer of the influential How the English Language Became the World's Language  has suggested that 'English .. has a grammar of great simplicity" 

The argument for this is broadly as follows:
  • English grammar is based on simplified form of German
  • Verb conjugation is simple for regular verbs: four  endings for regular English verbs (paint/paints/painted/painting).  French, German & other key languages have  50+.
  • There are fewer irregular verbs - and most are irregular in the same way.
  • Written & spoken forms are comparatively similar English. 
  • Noun and adjectival forms do not divide by gender
  • Adjectives do not change form for plural nouns (blue car/blue cars)

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