What exactly is grammar?
According to Merriam-Webster:
"Rules of a language governing its phonology, morphology, syntax, and semantics; also, a written summary of such rules. The first Europeans to write grammar texts were the Greeks, notably the Alexandrians of the lst century BC. The Romans applied the Greek grammatical system to Latin. The works of the Latin grammarians Donatus (4th century AD) and Priscian (6th century) were widely used to teach grammar in medieval Europe. By 1700, grammars of 61 vernacular languages had been printed. These were mainly used for teaching and were intended to reform or standardize language. In the 19th–20th centuries linguists began studying languages to trace their evolution rather than to prescribe correct usage. Descriptive linguists (see Ferdinand de Saussure) studied spoken language by collecting and analyzing sample sentences. Transformational grammarians (see Noam Chomsky) examined the underlying structure of language (see generative grammar). The older approach to grammar as a body of rules needed to speak and write correctly is still the basis of primary and secondary language education."
So, I guess that includes punctuation and word choice. Right? ;-)
When should you NOT worry about grammar rules?
During the writing of your first draft.
If you obsess over little details during the first draft phase, you may never finish it. During revisions you can clean up grammar mistakes, make better word choices, and polish your punctuation.
And because it's important to know, here's a list of words that rhyme with grammar (also from the Merriam-Webster link above):
clamber, crammer, glamour, hammer, jammer, lamber, rammer, scammer, shammer, slammer, spammer, stammer, yammer
Please, while I know you're not a spammer and because you don't stammer, go yammer about grammar with your hammer and your glamour.
What's your favorite (or least favorite) grammar rule? :)
Never end a sentence with a preposition :)ReplyDelete
I can't say that I have a favorite grammar rule. I guess it's fun to break the rules now and again. My favorite rule to break is writing complete sentences. Sometimes it gives a paragraph a nice cadence to have a couple of short, choppy, one word sentences.ReplyDelete
I also hate the rule of not ending a sentence with a preposition. What were they thinking of?ReplyDelete
I hate it when people begin a sentence with 'and'!ReplyDelete
I don't have a specific rule I hate, but I do hate that there's so many to remember. Plus the fact that some of the rules seem to change depending on which style guide your using or person you're talking to. I understand correct grammar is super important, but it makes my head spin.ReplyDelete
Grammar is my nemesis! And spelling. The sad part is I majored in English...Love your blog! I'm a new follower :)ReplyDelete
Grammar.. I used to fear it-- but I've come to embrace my mistakes-- because my love is a grammar-nazi and will spot an error from a mile away!ReplyDelete
Grammar is a constant that measures writing, keeps it legal. Sometimes, however, grammar rules are meant to be broken.ReplyDelete
Yeah, the first draft is messy. I like the scene in the movie Finding Forrester where the seasoned writer has the high school student begin writing one of his old stories for inspiration, then tells him, "You write the first draft with your heart, the second with your head." Or something like that...ReplyDelete
Grammar is a popular one today.ReplyDelete
I am terrible with my grammar, I always have to work on it.
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I can't say which is my most or least favorite rule, but the rules of the comma have changed over the years. While helping my 17 year old grandson with a term paper the other day, we discovered what they "learned" me and what they are "learning" him are two quite different set of rules.ReplyDelete
Split infinitives. I'm always splitting my infinitives.ReplyDelete
I don't think there's a particular grammar rule I like or dislike . . . sentence analysis is my weak point, rather than usage. :PReplyDelete
I find grammar fascinating. Enjoying your posts!ReplyDelete
G is for Monday? I'm behind a letter. Grammar is seriously important to writing, but I dislike trying to remember all the rules as much as doing laundry, yet they're both a necessary evil in the course of a healthy writing life.ReplyDelete
I learn something new everyday.
Least favorite? Rules pertaining to lay and lie words. Although I know the tricks, rules and jingles to remember, I hate having to think about it each time! But that said, I must love it--I spend an awful lot of time flipping through grammar books:) Thanks for the visit and following my blog!ReplyDelete
Split infinitives. I just can't help but notice them, and then they grate at me.ReplyDelete
Present progressives drive me crazy.ReplyDelete