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Modern English is the product of various Germanic invasions, the Norman conquest, the British Empire and much else.
 
Modern English is the product of various Germanic invasions, the Norman conquest, the British Empire and much else.
  
==Vocabulary==
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== The structure of English ==
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''See main article [[Number of words in English]]''
 
''See main article [[Number of words in English]]''
  
English has always freely absorbed words from other languages giving it the ability express a wide number of [[nuance]]s.  Nevertheless establishing the exact number of [[word]]s is not as exact a science as one might suppose.  
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As we saw above, by the end of the Old English (Anglo-Saxon) period the size of the lexicon was around 50,000 different words. By the end of the Middle English period (1100-1500), that figure had doubled and during the Early Modern English period (1500-1700) it doubled yet again to 200,000 lexemes. And just for the record, partly as a result of the Industrial Revolution which started in the late 18th century, and twentieth-century global expansion, it would double once more to the approximately 400,000 lexemes of [[Modern English]] (1700 to the present).
  
 
== See also ==
 
== See also ==

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