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Indian English is any of the forms of English characteristic of the Indian subcontinent. English is the lingua franca of India and is the language of their cultural and political elites, offering significant economic and social advantage to fluent speakers.

Though English is one of modern India's twenty-two official languages, only a few hundred thousand Indians have English as their first language. According to the 2005 India Human Development Survey, of the 41,554 surveyed households reported that 72 percent of men (29918) did not speak any English, 28 percent (11635) spoke some English, and five percent (2077) spoke fluent English. Among women, the corresponding percentages were 83 percent (34489) speaking no English, 17 percent (7064) speaking some English, and 3 percent (1246) speaking English fluently.

Indian English generally uses the Indian numbering system. Idiomatic forms derived from Indian literary languages and vernaculars have been absorbed into Indian English. Nevertheless, there remains general homogeneity in phonetics, vocabulary, and phraseology between variants of the Indian English dialect.


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