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  • 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
  • Today, English is South Africa's lingua franca, and the primary language of government, business, and commerce
  • English was declared the official language of the Cape Colony in 1822 (replacing Dutch)
  • As a home language, English is most common in Gauteng

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Language: English

V, the twenty-second letter of the English alphabet, is a vocal consonant. V and U are only varieties of the same character, U being the cursive form, while V is better adapted for engraving, as in stone. The two letters were formerly used indiscriminately, and till a comparatively recent date words containing them were often classed together in dictionaries and other books of reference (see U). The letter V is from the Latin alphabet, where it was used both as a consonant (about like English w) and as a vowel. The Latin derives it from it from a form (V) of the Greek vowel / (see Y), this Greek letter being either from the same Semitic letter as the digamma F (see F), or else added by the Greeks to the alphabet which they took from the Semitic. Etymologically v is most nearly related to u, w, f, b, p; as in vine, wine; avoirdupois, habit, have; safe, save; trover, troubadour, trope. See U, F, etc.

Language: English

A gab at the end of an eccentric rod, with long jaws, shaped like the letter V.

Language: English

A common gray European moth (Halia vauaria) having a V-shaped spot of dark brown on each of the fore wings.

Language: English

(n.) The quality or state of being vacant; emptiness; hence, freedom from employment; intermission; leisure; idleness; listlessness.

Language: English

(a.) Deprived of contents; not filled; empty; as, a vacant room.

Language: English

(v. t.) To make vacant; to leave empty; to cease from filling or occupying; as, it was resolved by Parliament that James had vacated the throne of England; the tenant vacated the house.

Language: English

to move out of a dwelling, either by choice or by eviction

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