How much English is derived from French?


3 English language: How much English is borrowed/derived from French? – Quora.

Adrien Lucas Ecoffet

A lot. It is difficult to estimate but, at least in terms of vocabulary (though probably not in terms ofgrammar), French has probably had the single biggest influence on English, arguably more so than even Middle English.

This pie chart shows the distribution of the origins of English words. As you can see, it is establishedthat at least 29% (percent) of the words in English come from French. 29% come from Latin, but with one pitfall: it is unclear whether some of these words come directly from Latin or from Latin… through French
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