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standard

adjective     /ˈstæn.dəd/ US  /-dɚd/
B2 usual rather than special, especially when thought of as being correct or acceptable: White is the standard colour for this model of refrigerator. These are standard procedures for handling radioactive waste. The metre is the standard unit for measuring length in the SI system.mainly UK Your new TV comes with a two year guarantee as standard. → See also substandardStandard and routine Language described as standard is the form of that language that is considered acceptable and correct by most educated users of it: Most announcers on the BBC speak standard English. In Standard American, 'gotten' is used as a past participle of 'get'.Forms of languages and specialist dialects [before noun] A standard book or writer is the one that is most commonly read for information on a particular subject: Her book is still a standard text in archaeology, even though it was written more than 20 years ago.Typifying, illustrating and exemplifyingMeaning and significance substandardGrammar:Standard and non-standard languageA standard language is a variety of language that is used by governments, in the media, in schools and for international communication. There are different standard varieties of English in the world, such as North American English, Australian English and Indian English. Although these standard varieties differ in terms of their pronunciation, there are few differences in grammar between them. In contrast, there are non-standard forms of a language that are used, for example, in different regional dialects and these non-standard varieties are different from each other.See more
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