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Synonyms for English

the people of England

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the discipline that studies the English language and literature

(sports) the spin given to a ball by striking it on one side or releasing it with a sharp twist


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It came to him in mind, and in his first thoughts, That he would of England the noble deeds tell, What they were named and whence they came, The English land who first possessed After the flood which from the Lord came.
But you must remember that old English poetry was not like ours.
But sometimes the Semi-Saxon words and the English words are very like each other, and the alliteration can be kept.
Yes, sir, I spoke the English more than the French when I was a child.
Well, nineteen is a mature age, and, having attained it, you ought to be so solicitous for your own improvement, that it should not be needful for a master to remind you twice of the expediency of your speaking English whenever practicable.
Saintsbury is certainly right in thinking that, as regards style, English literature has much to do.
But no more; enough has been said to show that the old Dutch whalers of two or three centuries ago were high livers; and that the English whalers have not neglected so excellent an example.
Eliot, in company with three others, whose names are not mentioned, having implored the divine blessing on the undertaking, made his first visit to the Indians on the 28th of October, 1646 at a place afterwards called Nonantum; a spot that has the honor of being the first on which a civilized and Christian settlement of Indians was effected within the English colonies of North America.
The religious service was opened, as before, with a prayer in English.
Everything went happily at home too; but at lunch Grisha began whistling, and, what was worse, was disobedient to the English governess, and was forbidden to have any tart.
The peasant women even made Darya Alexandrovna laugh, and offended the English governess, because she was the cause of the laughter she did not understand.
Once at Baden-Baden I nearly lost a train because I could not be sure that three young ladies opposite me at table were Germans, since I had not heard them speak; they might be American, they might be English, it was not safe to venture a bow; but just as I had got that far with my thought, one of them began a German remark, to my great relief and gratitude; and before she got out her third word, our bows had been delivered and graciously returned, and we were off.
Then they said they had walked thirty English miles the day before, and asked how many we had walked.
So D'Arnot wrote a message on the bark, in English.
May I ask how it is that one who writes English does not speak it?
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