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English as a World Language

Are these statements true or false?

  1. John Donne claims that all men are islands.
  2. The British Empire grew steadily during the reign of Queen Elizabeth I.
  3. A lingua franca is an old variant of French.
  4. Between 500 million and 1 billion people speak English as their first language.
  5. English is an official language in 58 countries.
  6. About 20% of all land territory belonged to the British Empire during the reign of Queen Victoria.
  7. The English language has a dominant position in international trade, politics and entertainment.
  8. British economy declined during the two world wars.





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