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|As repeatedly stated and outlined in my books (see below), good Netiquette is in part predicated on good grammar. Poor grammar, particularly in business communication, can be ruinous for the sender.The article below and others like it, are great to brush up on one's grammatical skills.|
Updated April 09, 2017
English grammar is the set of principles or rules dealing with the word structures (morphology) and sentence structures (syntax) of the English language.
Although there are certain grammatical differences among the many dialects of present-day English, these differences are fairly minor compared to regional and social variations in vocabulary and pronunciation.
In linguistic terms, English grammar (also known as descriptive grammar) is not the same as English usage (sometimes called prescriptive grammar).
"The grammatical rules of the English language," says Joseph Mukalel,"are determined by the nature of the language itself, but the rules of use and the appropriateness of the use are determined by the speech community" (Approaches To English Language Teaching, 1998).
Examples and Observations
I gave my sister a sweater for her birthday.
The meaning of this sentence is obviously created by words such as gave, sister, sweater and birthday. But there are other words (I, my, a, for, her) which contribute to the meaning, and, additionally, aspects of individual words and the way they are arranged which enable us to interpret what the sentence means."
(Ronald Carter and Michael McCarthy, Cambridge Grammar of English: A Comprehensive Guide. Cambridge University Press, 2006)
The bases danger, slow, and just, for example, can form whole words. But the affixes can't: there are no words *en, *ly, *un. Every word contains at least one or more bases; and a word may or may not contain affixes in addition.
"Affixes are subdivided into prefixes, which precede the base to which they attach, and suffixes, which follow."
(Rodney Huddleston and Geoffrey K. Pullum, A Student's Introduction to English Grammar. Cambridge University Press, 2006)
"The most frequently used adjectives in English are monosyllabic, or disyllabic [two-syllable] words of native origin. They tend to be paired as opposites such as good-bad, big-little, large-small, tall-short, black-white, easy-hard, soft-hard, dark-light, alive-dead, hot-cold, which have no distinctive form to mark them as adjectives.
"Many adjectives, such as sandy, milky, are derived from nouns, other adjectives or verbs by the addition of certain characteristic suffixes. Some of these are of native origin, as in greenish, hopeful, handsome, handy, foremost, useless, while others are formed on Greek or Latin bases, as in central, secondary, apparent, civic, creative, and yet others via French such as marvelous and readable."
(Angela Downing, English Grammar: A University Course, 3rd ed. Routledge, 2015)
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