English is written using the Latin alphabet.
English is slightly inflected. It compensates for this by placing more grammatical information in auxiliary words and word order, through retaining features like:
- Possessive: He is Alfredo's best friend. -'s
- 3rd person singular present: Alfredo works. -s
- past tense Alfredo worked. –ed
- present participle/ progressive: Alfredo is working. -ing
- past participle: The car was stolen. –en, Alfredo has talked to the police. –ed
- gerund: Working is good for the soul. –ing
- plural: Nice black cats. –s
- comparative: Alfredo is smarter than Ricky. –er
- superlative: Alfredo has the bluest eyes. –est
English does not carry gender (except for third person singular pronouns).
The spelling system or orthography of English is not phonological.