Why Study Grammar?

One word describes how most students view the study of grammar. Boring! Want other descriptive words? Scary! Awful!

So, why do you want to study a subject that many students classify as being about as enjoyable as undergoing a root canal?

What is grammar, and why do you need it?

What exactly do you need to know about grammar to master grammar skills it in your life?

Besides, don't most people take grammar for granted...seldom giving how they use words a second thought...using slang, cliches and idioms to communicate their ideas?

That is exactly why you need to learn grammar...the slang, cliches and idioms that you use to communicate your thoughts stereotype you as being "uneducated," even if you are brilliant.

If you grew up using the language of an ethnic group (or a language other than English), you may find that people who evaluate you in the world of formal education (and in the world of work) do not promote you. Habits of using non-standard grammar can limit your career and your long-term earning prospects.

Fortunately, English grammar is easier than the grammar of other languages because our nouns decline little, and our verbs conjugate a tiny bit.

Even better, English grammar can be streamlined. You can get by with a few rules, then learn more as you master more precise language use.

English is difficult because there are so many exceptions to the rules...rules that should streamline learning, but add complexity. These exceptions to the rules of spelling and pronunciation occur because the roots of English come from French, Greek, Latin and Old English. But, English speakers, especially Americans adopt (relish and savor) words and concepts from anywhere.

English is a noun-pronoun and adjective-driven language, and English employs more words than any other modern language. Vast numbers of words, speech using an ever-changing pool of idiomatic expressions and the tendency to use different words that mean about the same thing in subsequent sentences (to avoid appearing boring when we talk) create language learning difficulties.

Compared to other language learning challenges, English grammar is a mild annoyance.

But, to master English grammar, you must master the English pronouns...maybe your biggest challenge.

So, determine if your interest in English grammar is academic or practical? And decide what motivates you to improve your use of English grammar.

Whether you are struggling in your English class, whether floundering during high-stakes test-taking (State tests required to graduate, college or graduate school entrance exams, military career exams) or whether you desire to write better...chances are that issues other than grammar are your major challenge.

You can master English grammar. But, to master English slang and idioms, now that is horse of another color...floating up a proverbial creek without a paddle.


Joseph C.

Tutor, Mentor and Coach

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