The English language is indeed a very complex language. There are so many grammar rules that we abide by that, at times, it could be confusing for writers to keep in compliance with. It is very important that a writer knows the foundational grammar rules. Without this knowledge, ideas cannot be communicated effectively to your audience of readers.
Bad grammar also has the power to tarnish a writing career, making the author appear to be disorganized. With this considered, it is imperative that a writer is fully equipped. In this article, we rounded up ten effective steps you can implement today to correct English Grammar. These are all completely easy and will change your writing quality forever!
1. Learn the Basics First
First thing is first. You must learn the foundations of English grammar before you progress forward. This begins with understanding how to communicate effectively in the most basic way. In daily communication, English conversation includes the use of nouns, pronouns, adjectives, adverbs, conjunctions, and so much more. In order to structure your sentences, it is important that you comprehend the functional flow of each part of speech.
- What are nouns? Nouns are words that describe a person, place, thing, idea, or even emotion. For example, nouns include Daisy, Spring, New York, excitement, and wedding.
- What are adjectives? Adjectives are words that are used to describe the noun used in the sentence. A few examples of adjectives include blue, boring, tall, and shiny.
- What are pronouns? Pronouns are words that can be used in replacement of nouns in a sentence. These pronouns act as a describer of the noun. Examples of pronouns include we, it, they, mine, his, hers, who, whose, and that.
- What are verbs? Verbs are words that describe a specific action taken by the noun in an English sentence. These words give the reader or speaker understanding about an event taking place. Examples of verbs include dance, sing, shout, walk, and jump.
- What is an adverb? Adverbs are words that work in conjunction with verbs, conjunctions, prepositions, and adjectives. A few examples are the words slowly, badly, or dreadfully. Adverbs are identifiable as most end in -ly.
- What are prepositions? Prepositions refer to a relativity in space, time, and direction in a sentence. These words provide detailed insight into the extent of the action taken by the noun in a sentence. Few examples include over, from, across, and to.
- What are conjunctions? Conjunctions link words in the form of nouns, phrases, and sentences. Think of conjunctions as a link. Few examples include and, so, and, but, and yet.
- What are interjections? Interjections are words that give detailed insight into specific emotions and feelings expressed in a sentence. They are expressive words often used in the middle of an action. These can be words such as wow, yay, ouch, or oh.
- What are articles? Articles are words that are used to provide information about specific nouns. Examples of articles include a, an, and the.
Now that you understand the foundations of the English grammar, you will be able to move on to comprehending the various points of view.
2. Identify point of view
When English is used in conversation, it can easily be noticed that the discourse switches focus from one person to another. This switch experienced are the various points of view. For example, there are singular and plural first-person, singular and plural second-person, as well as singular and plural third-person. Here are a few examples of each:
- Singular first-person: I
- Singular second-person: You
- Singular third-person: he, she, or it.
- Plural first-person: we
- Plural second-person: you
- Plural third-person: they
3. Put words in its respective places
Always remember this as key: English is usually organized from noun, verb, and object in that exactly that order.
A great example sentence is: Lily (noun) slowly (adverb) walked (verb) to the (article) blue (adjective) house (object).
Understanding this order takes time and experience. After practicing this a few times verbally, it will hold a natural flow in your conversations.
4. Use proper conjugation
There are three tenses used in the English language. These are past, present, and future.
Past tense is shown in the sentence (“Lily danced”). This sentence describes an action Lily took in the past. She danced.
Present tense would be (“Lily dances”). This sentence indicated that Lily is dancing at the moment.
Lastly, future tense is (“Lily will dance”). This sentence indicates that Lily has not yet danced but will in the future.
5. Remember to use correct punctuation
When writing an English sentence, it is important that you express your ideas with the use of punctuations that enable your reader to properly comprehend. This is aided with the use of commas, periods, colons, semi-colons, question marks, exclamation marks, apostrophes, quotation marks, dashes, hyphens, and parenthesis.
6. Practice, Practice, Practice!
As with anything practice makes perfect. The more you practice the English language the easier it will be to understand patterns and communicate effectively. One excellent way to begin practicing is by visiting your local library and reading a children’s book. These are great resources when learning the English language because children’s books include the most basic grammar that enable you to take baby steps and grow further in your language development skills.
7. Add a bit of variety
When learning the English language, you do not have to limit yourself to children’s books only. You can also try reading textbooks, magazines, niche-based books, and even blogs. Reading these resourceful materials allow you to identify the structure in which a sentence is formed and how to use certain words in a sentence correctly. Read the material out loud so that you can hear yourself speaking the language. Do not forget to keep a handy dictionary close to help you with words you may not understand.
8. Listen to English speakers
One of the best ways to learn the English language is to simply be a “fly on the wall.” Listen to other speakers and take mental note on how you can improve your speech. Be careful to use proper language as some speakers use improper grammar.
9. Write daily
A great way a lot of English speakers improve their writing skills is by composing something new every day. The same rule also applies to learning the English language. Write something new on any topic. Write in a notebook and share them with friends and family who understand the language. Ask for feedback and apply their constructive help to your knowledge.
10. Keep learning
The English language is extensive and can take time to fully comprehend its unique rules. Do not beat yourself up if you do not understand right away. As with anything, you must keep learning in order that you may succeed. Do not give up.
The English language is rewarding. It is indeed a colorful language that requires time, patience, effort, and tenacity. As long as you continue applying yourself to learning, you can overcome any obstacle. Apply this ten step plan and you will be a fluent English speaker in no time!
Secondly – if you embrace contextual English learning which is one of the cornerstones of the EH System – you won’t even have to think about grammar but you’ll be able to simply speak without preparing anything in your head beforehand!
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