English Rules!

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The English language, just like everything else in this world or universe, is controlled or governed by rules. For example, can you play football without knowing the rules of the game? Can you play netball without knowing the rules of the game? Or can you drive a car without knowing traffic rules? In all the above examples, the answer would be a ‘no’.

So likewise, English is also controlled by rules. When you speak or write in English and if someone says you are wrong, it is because you have not followed the rules of English. To be successful in English, you have to follow the rules.

The rules that you need to learn and remember are called, “Grammar Rules”. These are the rules that control the correct use of the English language.

There is another name for Grammar rules. They are also called, “Parts of Speech”. If you are asked, “How are your Parts of Speech”? What they are actually asking you is, “How is your Grammar”?

Now, why is it also called, Parts of Speech? The answer to that can be explained in the example below:

I am a man.

The above is a simple sentence made up of four words. Each word in the sentence belongs to one grammar rule:

I = is a Pronoun

am =  is a Verb

a = is an Adjective

man =  is a Noun


You see, I broke up the sentence into parts and each word in the sentence belongs to one grammar rule or Parts of Speech. We use the term, “Parts” to show that sentences are made up of parts of words. And the term, “Speech” is used to cover both spoken and written English.

You may ask, why do you need to learn all these? The answer is, if you know which word belongs to which grammar rule, it will be easy for you to arrange the words of the sentence, in the correct order or sequence. This will then make the sentence correct. Sometimes, people get the order of the words wrong in a sentence due to the lack of understanding of grammar rules. And that’s why we need to learn the grammar rules.

Now how many rules are there in grammar?

Let me answer you in my next article on grammar!

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