The English Language
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Cambridge Advanced (CAE) Use of English Practice
This exercise gives you practice in the cloze exercises where you have to
modify words to complete the text. Complete the gaps using the correct
form of the word given in the box on the right.
The number of languages 1) _____ in the world has been falling in
modern times, and the pace may be 2) _____. However, the spread of
3) _____ English is not directly causing smaller languages to become
4) _____. The downward trend in language 5) _____ began before
English started its 6) _____ as an international lingua franca. In fact,
English has a 7) _____ impact on bigger national languages than
Though exact figures are 8) _____, estimates suggest that there are
around 7,000 today. However, these are distributed 9) _____: the top
12 languages 10) _____ for half of the world’s population.
While the 11) _____ of the world’s languages are spoken by small
12) ____ of speakers, most of the biggest languages, including
Chinese, English and large European languages, are spoken as first
languages by a 13) _____ proportion of the world population.