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  • Today, English is South Africa's lingua franca, and the primary language of government, business, and commerce
  • As a home language, English is most common in Gauteng
  • Around half of South Africa's people have a speaking knowledge of English
  • South Africa's Asian people, most of whom are Indian in origin, are largely English-speaking
  • According to the 2011 census, English is spoken as a home language by almost 5- million people
  • English was declared the official language of the Cape Colony in 1822 (replacing Dutch)

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Language: English

I, the ninth letter of the English alphabet, takes its form from the Phoenician, through the Latin and the Greek. The Phoenician letter was probably of Egyptian origin. Its original value was nearly the same as that of the Italian I, or long e as in mete. Etymologically I is most closely related to e, y, j, g; as in dint, dent, beverage, L. bibere; E. kin, AS. cynn; E. thin, AS. /ynne; E. dominion, donjon, dungeon.

Language: English

A paper having on it these letters, with a sum named, and duly signed; — in use in England as an acknowledgment of a debt, and taken as evidence thereof, but not amounting to a promissory note; a due bill.

Language: English

Abbreviation of Latin id est, that is.

Language: English

In faith; indeed; truly.

Language: English

Contraction for I will or I shall.

Language: English

A contraction from I would or I had.

Language: English

A contraction of I am.

Language: English

I’ve is the usual spoken form of `I have’, especially when `have’ is an auxiliary verb.

Language: English

Colloquial contraction of I have.

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