Learning A Grammar: The Importance Of Grammar

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Before having taken this subject I did not have a clear understanding of what grammar really was. This class has helped me understand what grammar is and how important it is for us to know. Even though I have known English all of my life and have practiced it on a daily basis the definition of grammar was not clear to me. Know I feel I have a much better understanding of it and how much of a difference it would have been if I would have had a class focused only on grammar before. When it comes to learning a language grammar is one of the key components to focus on. But, it is also very important to remember it is only one part of learning a language. It is not only essential to have a clear definition and understanding of what grammar is; we need to understand why it is influential as well. We also need to realize why grammar is taught in schools. Grammar is the way a language combines and manipulates words in order to form a longer unit that consist of a meaning. It is considered the study of morphology and syntax. Morphology is the system of rules that cover the formation of words. Syntax is the system of rules that cover the formation of sentences. “The whole system and structure of a language or of languages in general, usually taken as consisting of syntax and morphology (including inflections) and sometimes also phonology and semantics.” (Oxford, 2016) Edward Finegan defines grammar as: Grammar is used to refer to a number of different things: it can be used

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