Why it's so hard to learn English

Here is more evidence that the English language is hard to learn

  1. The bandage was wound around the wound.
  2. The farm was used to produce produce.
  3. The dump was so full that it had to refuse more refuse.
  4. We must polish the Polish furniture.
  5. He could lead if he would get the lead out.
  6. The soldier decided to desert his dessert in the desert.
  7. Since there is no time like the present, he thought it was time to present the present.
  8. When shot at, the dove dove into the bushes.
  9. I did not object to the object.
  10. The insurance was invalid for the invalid.
  11. There was a row among the oarsmen about how to row.
  12. They were too close to the door to close it.
  13. The buck does funny things when the does are present.
  14. A seamstress and a sewer fell down into a sewer line.
  15. To help with planting, the farmer taught his sow to sow.
  16. The wind was too strong to wind the sail.
  17. After a number of injections my jaw got number.
  18. Upon seeing the tear in the painting I shed a tear.
  19. I had to subject the subject to a series of tests.
  20. How can I intimate this to my most intimate friend?
  21. You park in a driveway, yet drive on a parkway
  22. If you read what he read your red face will shake like a reed.
  23. After the heavy rain at the army base the sargent with the bass voice caught a bass swimming in his bass drum.
            Previous two extended by suggestion from Sarah Eng.

  24. NOTE: Time flies like an arrow, but fruit flies like a banana.

  25. Why do "fat chance" and "slim chance" mean the same thing?
  26. Why do "tug" boats push their barges?
  27. Why are they called "stands" when they are made for sitting?
  28. Why is it called "after dark" when it's really "after light"?
  29. Why is "phonics" not spelled the way it sounds?
  30. Why do they call it a TV set, when you only get one?
  31. How come abbreviated is such a long word?
  32. The drawer dressed in his drawers put his sketch in the dresser drawer.
            Thanks to Cathy Giguere.

If you think of more (there are surely lots),   Email them to me. I'll add the clean ones to the list.

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