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Standard and Non-Standard English: How to Differentiate 2

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

'Standard and Non-Standard English: How to Differentiate 2' worksheet

Key stage:  KS 2

Curriculum topic:   Spoken Language

Curriculum subtopic:   Speak with Confidence

Difficulty level:  

Worksheet Overview

QUESTION 1 of 10

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.

 

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)

 

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)

Decide whether the following sentence is in standard or non-standard English.

 

Jimmy plays cricket really good.

standard English

non-standard English

Decide whether the following sentence is in standard or non-standard English.

 

I didn't do nothing to hurt her.

standard English

non-standard English

Decide whether the following sentence is in standard or non-standard English.

 

They were running to catch the bus.

standard English

non-standard English

Decide whether the following sentence is in standard or non-standard English.

 

The rain fell very heavy last night.

standard English

non-standard English

Decide whether the following sentence is in standard or non-standard English.

 

The doctor couldn't give her anything to help her cough.

standard English

non-standard English

For the next five questions you need to rewrite the sentences in standard English.

 

Joe spoke French good.

Rewrite the following sentence in standard English.

 

I haven't stolen nothing from the shop.

Rewrite the following sentence in standard English.

 

You need to talk very quiet in here.

Rewrite the following sentence in standard English.

 

Kevin hadn't gone nowhere.

Rewrite the following sentence in standard English.

 

They was happy to be home at last.

  • Question 1

Decide whether the following sentence is in standard or non-standard English.

 

Jimmy plays cricket really good.

CORRECT ANSWER
non-standard English
EDDIE SAYS
In standard English we would say 'Jimmy plays cricket really well.'
  • Question 2

Decide whether the following sentence is in standard or non-standard English.

 

I didn't do nothing to hurt her.

CORRECT ANSWER
non-standard English
EDDIE SAYS
In standard English we would say 'I didn't do anything to hurt her.'
  • Question 3

Decide whether the following sentence is in standard or non-standard English.

 

They were running to catch the bus.

CORRECT ANSWER
standard English
  • Question 4

Decide whether the following sentence is in standard or non-standard English.

 

The rain fell very heavy last night.

CORRECT ANSWER
non-standard English
EDDIE SAYS
In standard English we would say 'The rain fell very heavily last night.'
  • Question 5

Decide whether the following sentence is in standard or non-standard English.

 

The doctor couldn't give her anything to help her cough.

CORRECT ANSWER
standard English
  • Question 6

For the next five questions you need to rewrite the sentences in standard English.

 

Joe spoke French good.

CORRECT ANSWER
Joe spoke French well.
  • Question 7

Rewrite the following sentence in standard English.

 

I haven't stolen nothing from the shop.

CORRECT ANSWER
I haven't stolen anything from the shop.
  • Question 8

Rewrite the following sentence in standard English.

 

You need to talk very quiet in here.

CORRECT ANSWER
You need to talk very quietly in here.
  • Question 9

Rewrite the following sentence in standard English.

 

Kevin hadn't gone nowhere.

CORRECT ANSWER
Kevin hadn't gone anywhere.
  • Question 10

Rewrite the following sentence in standard English.

 

They was happy to be home at last.

CORRECT ANSWER
They were happy to be home at last.
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