What about grammar?

There are different ways to look at grammar. For most people, grammar means huge lists of rules, pronoun charts, verb conjugations, and exercises to practice. The difference between who and whom, the times to use past simple instead of present perfect, the three forms of verbs, how to handle relative pronouns and antecedents – all of these are associated with grammar. Some people smile and rub their hands together at the idea of learning all these concrete grammar rules. For other people, this kind of grammar makes them feel hopeless and bored.

There is another way of thinking about grammar. Grammar is simply how words in a language are put together. For example, maybe you want to say that your dog is crazy. You know the words for dog and crazy. But how do you put them together to say what you want to say? That is grammar. You don't need to dig out charts to do that – you just need to have a native English speaker give you lots of examples for situations. As you read the stories on this website, you may think that you're not learning grammar. But you are. You're learning exactly how words in English are put together in a natural way. So don't stop reading!

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