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Differentiate Between Standard and Non-Standard English

In this worksheet, students will consider examples of how non-standard English can vary from standard English.

'Differentiate Between Standard and Non-Standard English' worksheet

Key stage:  KS 2

Year:  Year 5 English worksheets

Curriculum topic:   Writing: Vocabulary, Grammar and Punctuation

Curriculum subtopic:   Formal Speech Awareness

Difficulty level:  

Worksheet Overview

People across the United Kingdom speak English in different ways. They have different accents and sometimes form sentences in ways that are not the same as standard English.


Have a look at some examples of standard and non-standard English and then get ready to answer some questions!


Sometimes the verb forms are different from standard English.

"We were thinking of buying a new car." (standard English)

"We was thinking of buying a new car." (non-standard English)


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Using the 'double negative' is another form of non-standard English.

"I didn't do anything." (standard English)

"I didn't do nothing." (non-standard English)


"He didn't go anywhere." (standard English)

"He didn't go nowhere." (non-standard English)


Some forms of non-standard English use adjectives in place of adverbs.

"Peter played well today." (standard English)

"Peter played good today." (non-standard English)


"Jake ran quickly." (standard English)

"Jake ran quick." (non-standard English)


Speaking in non-standard English isn't really a problem, but it is really important to know what the correct standard English forms are for when you are doing a piece of writing.


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Let's have a go at spotting it in the following questions.

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