Learning grammar helps us understand what others are saying. Let’s say that someone says something like this:
“Smart you in the morning.”
What is the speaker trying to say? Is he saying that you are well-dressed now? Is he implying that you’re clever? Is he telling you that you’re smart only in the morning?
“You look smart this morning.”
Now, do you understand this statement? Yes, because it’s grammatically correct, it follows the rules of grammar and everyone understands it. There are many rules that need to be learnt, and to non-native English speakers, mastering the language is not impossible but it could take a long time.
Is it important to memorise the rules? If you’re a learner of English, the answer is yes. However, if you’re doing so merely to pass your SAT, GCE or other public examinations, and later break all the rules, then it’s just a waste of time. In fact, once you’ve learnt grammar well and you practise regularly by applying the rules that you’ve learnt, you’ll be able to speak like a native speaker; you can never be a native speaker if you’re not one.
The following topics are covered in this blog:
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- Verb Tenses
- Word Classes
- Mass Nouns
- Verb Consistency
- Regular and Irregular Verbs
- Modal Verbs
- Subjunctive Mood
** Take note: Some grammarians omit interjection and article from the list. Instead, they include determiners (e.g. the, any, some).