Easy English Grammar

Published: 13th June 2011
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Easy English grammar? Since when was English grammar easy? Well, we found that by using a little English grammar book from the early 1900s, learning grammar definitions could be very concise and with practice it could be easy. So many of today's text books do not even have the sentence diagrams plotted with the grammar definitions on the diagram. They also fluff out the principles so much that it is hard to make the connections between principles even if there are many practice exercises.

We used another old reference book to find where the subjects, verbs and objects were to be placed on the diagram. Diagramming sentences teaches the logic of the diagram. It's like a train in that the sentence follows linearly in generally this format, "Subject verbs objects." "Subjects act on objects." "Subjects do actions." Teaching English grammar to little ones has become easier for us now. They love using the image of a train and a simple reference to it helps them remember the order for simple sentences.

Part of the trick with English Grammar is that verbs and nouns are often spelled the same way. "She cans peaches." "He tossed the cans in the bin." Any list of nouns has many verbs in it. In general, plural nouns are formed exactly the way that third person singular verbs are formed and use the same spelling rules. This is less tricky if the sentence explaining the differences between nouns and verbs is taught using pronouns. When teaching verbs it is helpful to use pronouns for the subjects since pronouns are more certainly not verbs. This way you can also teach the three persons - first, second, and third; and the number singular or plural at the same time.

Teach as many concepts together as you can so that the grammar lesson is content-rich. An easy English grammar method uses the words in sentences since many words are spelled the same but have different meanings. This means that the full context of the sentence is necessary to show the use of the word which helps with finding the grammar definition of the word.

There are generally two kinds of sentences. The first kind of sentence uses either the passive or the active voice. The second kind of sentence uses equality between the subject and the predicate. Sentences that propose a truth or a non-truth are as logical as Math. "Four and three are seven." "Jim is eight." "Apples are not bananas." "A definition is a proposition." "Light is energy."

Articles, adjectives and adverbs add descriptions to a sentence and using a sentence diagram can help associate the right descriptive with the right subjects and verbs. Once you have been diagramming sentences you can begin to think more logically, even without the diagram chart which not only helps one follow or write instructions, it also helps with the logic necessary in the legal, computer and engineering professions. Associations and connections begin to make better sense once you understand the sentence diagram.

Reading and listening to good literature is an easy English grammar boost. If one sees and hears proper English grammar, the rules and definitions are reviewed with little effort and, usually, some delight. The literature that a child reads forms his manner of speaking and writing for good or for bad.

Copy a sentence diagram and learn the definitions of the main grammar terms and you can have a start to easy English grammar. Truly, if you know what the definition of a subject is, a verb, an object and you know where they are placed on the diagram; you can see the grammar better.

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