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Guide to English Grammar


Language changes all the time. Even though grammar changes more slowly than

vocabulary, it is not a set of unalterable rules. There are sometimes disagreements

about what is correct English and what is incorrect. 'Incorrect' grammar is often

used in informal speech. Does that make it acceptable? Where there is a difference

between common usage and opinions about correctness, I have pointed this out.

This information is important for learners. In some situations it may be safer for

them to use the form which is traditionally seen as correct. The use of a correct

form in an unsuitable context, however, can interfere with understanding just as

much as a mistake. To help learners to use language which is appropriate for a

given occasion, I have frequently marked usages as formal, informal, literary

and so on.



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