of a determiner and a noun. Since the 15th century, southeastern England varieties centred around London, which has been the centre from which dialectal innovations have spread to other dialects. For example, putting the sentence she sees him into the passive becomes he is seen (by her), or he gets seen (by her). English also facilitated worldwide international communication. English distinguishes at least seven major word classes: verbs, nouns, adjectives, adverbs, determiners (including articles prepositions, and conjunctions. English does not belong to just one country, and it does not belong solely to descendants of English settlers. 96 Spoken English, for example English used in broadcasting, generally follows national pronunciation standards that are also established by custom rather than by regulation. One way of doing this is through a passive construction, the girl was stung by the bee. 60 Now, do-support with the verb have is becoming increasingly standardised.) The use of progressive forms in -ing, appears to be spreading to new constructions, and forms such as had been being built are becoming more common.