English is a West Germanic Indo-European language. It shares 60% lexical similarity with German, 27% with French, 24% with Russian. It's an SVO language, which means it has the following word order: Subject+Verb+Object. It has prepositions, not postpositions. Genitives, articles and adjectives come before noun heads. It has topic and comment, active and passive voice, causatives, and comparatives. It has consonant and vowel clusters, and it is non-tonal.