I felt like this would be an appropriate way to begin this blog. There will be no actual grammar lesson here; however, grammatical concepts will be mentioned.
So, what is grammar? It’s strange, really. If you asked any random person in public this question, he’d likely hesitate before answering, despite the fact that grammar is so important in our everyday lives. In all honesty, it is kind of hard to define grammar, as it’s such a massive concept.
Let’s take a look at the dictionary definition:
“a : the characteristic system of inflections and syntax of a language.
b : a system of rules that defines the grammatical structure of a language.”
Basically, grammar is the reason that a difference exists between “Let’s eat Grandma!” and “Let’s eat, Grandma!” It’s the reason that “I run a lot” is a general saying, but “I ran a lot” refers to something that occurred in the past, not the present. Grammar is the reason you can describe yourself so accurately, the reason that any basic form of communication is able to exist at all.
While the concept of grammar does encompass a wide range of rules, it doesn’t exclude the exceptions to those rules; those are part of grammar as well, and are just as important as the rules themselves. I’d go as far as to say that the abnormalities are more important than the true guidelines, as it is the knowledge of these exceptions that seem to stand out nowadays - something that, frankly, this blog is going to try to fix.
The rules’ anomalies are ideas or words that are used every day. This is seen a lot with verbs - “to be,” “to have,” “to run,” the list could go on for more than 470 verbs. There are still many more, however! Many nouns have irregular plural forms, for instance.
That should give you a very basic idea of what grammar really is. It’s an immense topic, so this blog will go through it the way it should: one topic at a time.
The other writers and I hope you enjoy this blog as much as we enjoy maintaining it!
-Written by darcx. Edited by twinkletoes-rp.