Overview Of Grammar
This is a brief Overview Of Grammar. It is not really necessary to go more deeply into “What Grammar Is”, “How Grammar Works”, or “What Grammar Is Used For”. Because, like almost anything — the more one talks or writes about it — the more complicated it gets. And the more complicated it gets — the less useful it is. And…
“…The GiveMeSomeEnglish!!! Grammar Portal & English Reference Guide is being created to FIX that problem… not add to it…“
- To Explain The Constructs & Usage Of English Grammar So That It Is Easily Comprehensible And Useful For ALL
- To Make Clear Those Ideas, Concepts, & Principles Of Grammar That Have Been Made Confusing By The Traditional English Teaching Industry
- To Ensure That Everyone Who Reads This Not Only “Gets It”, But That — Through The Use Of This Guide — English Grammar Will Become Logical, And Even “Simple” & Obvious… (as well as Interesting and actually Exciting!)
How will this be possible? Because I do not have an English “Degree”… or ANY “Degree”, for that matter… Nor do I care to go through the self-inflicted torture of obtaining one. (Those who wish to bestow upon me any honorary “Degrees” simply for the brilliance of my genius are welcome to do-so, but no monetary funds will be given for such “Honors”.)
“…A so-called “Degree” is — by it’s very definition (and yes, I meant to put that apostrophe there) — nothing more than a so-called “Official” yet completely imaginative “Limitation” that one pays a huge amount of money to have bestowed upon them by others who have only a supposed & imagined authority to do so… Luckily I was, early, bestowed with the economic poverty which made it possible to not have the ability to be so un-fortunate as to subject myself to such expensive & often-demonstrably-useless Limitation…“
Therefore, I have not been “handicapped” by the traditional “World Of English Instruction” and the INCREDIBLY limiting beliefs, and completely (and obviously) false and/or mistaken perceptions that those people who call themselves “Teachers” have been
taught indoctrinated with… And then wrongly pass-on to their unfortunate students.
And how does this make sense? Because the person who gets a “Degree”… (pays tons of money to have another person to tell them how to do something — only never as “good” as the one doing the telling)… almost never becomes a leader or a “World Changer” in that field. They may be very successful, but they will never be an Elon Musk — a Steve Jobs — a Nikola Tesla — or like “The Wright Brothers”. None of those people were got a degree in the things that they did to change the world. They were outsiders… And I AM probably the biggest “Outsider” working within The English Language teaching world today.
And why do I do it? Well, like most people who become English teachers living in a foreign country… I did it to meet beautiful Eastern-European women… But then, after doing the job for a few years… I “Got It”! And by that, I mean: It became clear to me in a way that NO English “text-book”… (a stupid term by the way)… ever explained, or even tried to.
And That Is What I Am Going To Explain Here
Grammar is the term used to describe what most people say are “The Rules” of a Language. However — most people who say that, are wrong. This is because most people do not actually or correctly comprehend the meaning of the word “Rule”.
But when most people say “Rule” — what they ACTUALLY mean is “Regulation”… A thing by-which we Regulate something. How we Limit, Control, and Conduct The Behavior Of something. And THIS is what most people think is what makes-up ALL of Grammar. But it also, is only a part of it. It may be the biggest part… but it is only a part. (more on this further down in this document.)
“…The System Of Rules & Regulations By-Which One Analyses & Uses The Letters, Words, Phrases, & Symbols of Punctuation Relative To A Spoken & Written “Language” For The Sake Of Clear & Comprehensible Communication With Others, And Even With Oneself…“
As stated above – the word “Rules” is used incorrectly by almost everyone who uses it. And considering that the people using it to describe the “Regulations” of English Grammar, should know better… (because they are supposed to be English Professionals)… then this is a perfect example of why learning English Grammar from people like them is (as they say) “Really Difficult”.
Learning the “Rules & Regulations” of English Grammar is NOT difficult. It is very easy, and even quite simple when one uses the correct words, and does-not skip things… (or does-not learn from a “teacher” who skips things)… because they THINK that it might be “difficult”.
“…If you ever have a teacher who describes something as being “difficult” or even “confusing” — in many cases, this is an indication that the teacher does not comprehend it themselves. Regardless — do-not listen to them… Anything “difficult” can be made easy. And anything “Confusing” can be made Comprehensible…“
There are, indeed, “Rules of Grammar“. But those Rules do not make-up the most important part of English Grammar. They make-up the part of Grammar that Traditional Teachers say is “Very Difficult” — and what they consider to be “Advanced English”.
I use the term “Rules & Regulations” — rather than “Regulations & Rules” — only because it is a common phrase, and just seems to “sound better”. It is perfectly fine to say “Regulations & Rules”… (and might make more sense, logically, considering that the “Regulations” are the basic elements of Grammar — while the “Rules” are the “Extras” that build upon those basics)… but since the phrase is more commonly said the “backwards” way (and the meaning is-n0t changed by doing-so), I shall continue to use it that way.
So… the “Rules & Regulations” actually make-up the two COMPLETELY Separate & Distinct but necessarily related parts of English Grammar. Those are:
1. The Regulations Of English Grammar: Those parts of English Grammar that are vital to use so that the expression of the Letters, Words, & Phrases Is Comprehensible; so that they “Make Sense”. When these Regulations are not followed, then the expression is (most of the time) incomprehensible. Included with these Regulations is also: Punctuation — something which is often over-looked as a necessary part of Grammar.
2. The Rules Of English Grammar: Those parts of English Grammar that are NOT vital to use — as when they are not followed, it is still possible for an other to “make sense” of what is being expressed. However — when used “correctly” — these Rules give the expression more “Life”. They are the devices used to make communication more detailed & “expressive”. Without the use of these Rules — the communication may be effective, but it is often bland, and contains no emotion.
These two different elements of Grammar are found in any language, but they are the most “Rich” and complex in The English Language. However — despite this complexity — when it is known that there is a difference between these Two Forms of Grammar, then it is no-longer difficult to learn English Grammar… And in fact, it becomes quite interesting & amazing!
These two different Forms Of English Grammar actually do have names which are used by some linguists — but almost never by actual English Teachers. I discovered the names of them AFTER their existence became clear to me. (And actually one of the names was exactly that which I had chosen to describe it.)
The first form of Grammar — that which forms the basic elements of the language — is called “Prescriptive Grammar”. This is the Grammar that makes up “The Regulations” of the language. It is with the “Prescriptive Grammar” that we form the Words, Phrases, & Sentences that make-up the language as we Know & Comprehend it.
The term itself is indicative of what it actually is. It is “Pre-” (before) “-Scriptive” (of “Script”; Writing). Therefore this is the set of Regulations that one must implement even before (“Pre-“) writing (“Scripting”) any words, phrases, or sentences. Without these Regulations — the words, phrases, & sentences will not “make sense”.
The second form of Grammar — that which adds-to and “colors”, or “gives life” to our expression — is called “Descriptive Grammar”. This is the part of the English Grammar that almost every other… (probably EVERY other)… teacher “gets wrong”.
Firstly — they get it wrong, because so many of them constantly & continually tell their students that it is “difficult” (which it is-not)…
“…Imagine if art teachers only gave their students Black, White, and Grey Paint – and then told them that the colors were too “difficult”; that using colors in their painting was for “advanced” students. If that was the case, then the only great painters would be those who learned on their own, or just didn’t listen to their teacher… Like me…” 😀
The other reason that they are wrong is because they probably do not even realize that this part of grammar is not-only separate — but that these Rules CAN be broken (and often are) and the language can still function — sometimes perfectly well. In fact — without “breaking these rules” — we would-not have poetry or song… At-least not very good poetry & song.
The heading of this section is a bit of an exaggeration, but it is to make a point. Maybe there are “hundreds” of other “types” of grammar. If you look-up the word “grammar” on Wikipedia, you will see that there are a number of what they call “Theoretical Frameworks”.
All of these so-called “Grammar“s were conceived-of by scholars, and academics — most of them being linguists, or other forms of “People With Degrees”. However — almost none of them… (probably NONE)… were written for the benefit of a person who wishes to learn or improve his or her Knowing & Comprehension of the English Language.
They are all written for other “People With Degrees”. Some of them may be quite interesting. But like I mentioned at the very beginning of this page — the more one talks or writes ABOUT something… (rather than just getting to the point — which is what nearly all “Academic Writing” is all about)… the more needlessly complicated it becomes.
So Let’s Just Get To The Point!!!
The only (English) Grammar that you need to concern yourself with is that-which helps you to clearly Comprehend & Communicate in English. Anything else is just “fluff”… (Like really bad “Fusion Jazz”) 😀
- The Letters Of The Alphabet
- The Knowledge, Comprehension, & Ability To *Pronounce The Letters Correctly
- The Knowledge, Comprehension, & Ability To *Pronounce Unique Letter Combinations
- The Knowledge, Comprehension, & Ability To Properly Read & Spell Words Necessary For Comprehension & Expression
- The Knowledge, Comprehension, & Ability To Properly *Pronounce Words
- The Different Word-Classes — (often wrongly described as “Parts Of Speech”)
- The Phrase
- The Sentence
- Formulation Of Statements
- Formulation Of Questions
- The Knowledge, Comprehension, & Proper Usage Of Punctuation
- The Common Verbs — (Relating To Experiencing & Participating In “Reality”)
- “To Be”
- “To Have”
- “To Think”
- “To Feel” — (emotion)
- “To Want”
- “To Know”
- “To Do”
- To Feel — (sensation)
- To Hear
- To Smell
- To Taste
- To See
- “Perfect” — (Relating To All Time)
- Active & Passive Form
Basically… Everything else. — (This part of the page will be populated as I conceive of the best way of doing-so without making this page 10,000,000 words long.) 😉
Links to each Topic / Subject / Item / Etc. will be added as those pages are created. If you have a specific question that I have not already answered, let me know and I will move that particular topic to the top of my “To Do” List.
Have An Excellent Day!
~ “The Teacher”