OGDEN's BASIC ENGLISH
Rules of Grammar
Ogden's rules of grammar for Basic English extend the 850 word
vocabulary to the breadth needed to describe objects and events in the
environment and more smoothly communicate with people.
- Plurals are formed with a trailing "S". The normal exceptions of
standard English also apply, notably "ES" and "IES".
- There are four derivatives for the 300 nouns: -"ER" and -"ING",
and two adjectives, -"ING" and -"ED".
- Adverbs use -"LY" from qualifiers.
- Degree is expressed with "MORE" and "MOST". Be prepared to
find -"ER" and -"EST" in common usage.
- Negative adjectives are formed with "UN"-
- Questions are formed by inversion and by "DO".
- Operators and pronouns conjugate in full.
- Compound words may be combined from two nouns (milkman)
or a noun and a directive (sundown).
- Measurement, numerals, currency, calendar, and international terms are
in English form.
- Technical expressions required and customary for the immediate task are
included in the locally used form.
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