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Grammar rules update

I have rewritten my article on grammar rules. The new article shares almost no text with the old version (except the introduction). Overall, the advice hasn’t changed that much (spoiler: it’s okay to use grammar rules, but only a little). However, the reasoning is improved and there are many more examples. The new version also answers the following questions:

  • Where do grammar rules come from? How do they differ from the rules of formal systems like programming languages?
  • Can grammar rules describe a language completely?
  • Are there any good ways to use grammar rules?

Why you shouldn’t rely on grammar rules


5 Comments so far ↓

  • Walter Isaacson

    Not just grammar rules but there are so many fixed phrases to get a hold of for example, so to speak, Speaking of, Truth to be told and etc

    The only way to speak and write English fluently is having massive exposure to the language through input.

    The main thing is to keep doing it consistently and that’s what matters at the end of the day.

    • Ivana

      Yes, it can even be a little overwhelming sometimes. Luckily, those are just brief periods of time. The enthusiasm is always here to stay.

  • Luca

    Nice article! I agree, we should rely on input most of the time, then we need to produce controlled output (it would be nice to have a feedback or a double check iin return)
    As for me, I like to use the metaphor of “interface”: languages should be a way to express myself.

  • javascript obfuscator

    I agree, we should rely on input most of the time

  • lele

    I love you post this great article and give inspiration..thanks

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