It is a little bit weird to look at how the English language has come to almost dominate the international world of business and politics. While it is only the third most-common native language in the world (behind Mandarin Chinese and Spanish), English is the official language of the United Nations and of the European Union.
There are really two main factors that have led to English becoming such a widely used language – firstly it was spread throughout the world by the expansion of the British Empire between the 17th and 20th centuries. This was then consolidated and built upon by the international dominance of the media and technology of the United States.
The origins of the language can be traced by to the old regions of West Germany and it was the language that was spoken in early medieval England when the Anglo-Saxon kingdoms were in ascendence.
During the evolution of the language it has assimilated and adapted a lot of words from around the world – this has led to an extraordinary vocabulary and a lot of complexity in its spelling and use of vowels. This makes it a very difficult language to learn, and even native speakers will often make grammatical, spelling, or punctuation errors when writing in English.
This is why English proof-reading is so important. If you are creating a formal document that has to be perfect, you want to make sure that you are not being tripped up by some of the complexities of the language that you don’t think about in conversation but which undermine your credibility in the written word. Use an independent proof-reading service and make sure that your use of English accurately conveys what you want to say.