Exception to the Rule



Do you know what drives people crazy about English grammar? It is not the rules. Yes there are a lot of them, but if you learn them then you can use them all the the time and there is no problem, right? Wrong! The rules are there and should be followed, but the most annoying thing about English is there is almost always an exception to the rule. There is always a word, a piece of pronunciation, a grammar point that does not follow the rules. It can be difficult, so below I have given three of the most popular exceptions to the rules of the English language:




  1. We do not use ‘do’ in a positive sentence. We learn that we use ‘do’ in a question and a negative sentence but not in the positive. Well, this is true except when you want to emphasise your point. ‘I do like the seaside.’ Here we are saying we REALLY like the seaside. ‘Do’ is used to express how much we like it.
  2.  When spelling a word, the rule is ‘I’ before ‘E’ except after ‘C’ . Examples would be ‘receipt’, ‘receive’, ‘believe’, ‘friend’ etc. These are great and it is a nice rule to remember. But what about ‘weird’, ‘Science’, ‘their’ and ‘foreign’.
  3. Comparatives end in ‘er’, superlatives end in ‘est’. Not all I am afraid: worse, worst, less, least, more, etc. Some comparatives do not follow the rules in other ways: ‘fun’ become ‘more fun’, not ‘funner’, ‘far’ becomes ‘further/farther’.

I hope you can get used to these exceptions.

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