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One of the most lucid and sensible answers to this question appeared a few years ago in--of all places--a position statement on the teaching of grammar in American schools. Published by the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE), the report is blessedly free of educational cant. Here's how it begins:Grammar is important because it is the language that makes it possible for us to talk about language. Grammar names the types of words and word groups that make up sentences not only in English but in any language. As human beings, we can put sentences together even as children--we can all do grammar. But to be able to talk about how sentences are built, about the types of words and word groups that make up sentences--that is knowing about grammar. And knowing about grammar offers a window into the human mind and into our amazingly complex mental capacity.
Imagine that: a document prepared by a committee (NCTE's Assembly for the Teaching of English Grammar) that doesn't sound like a committee. The voice, in fact, belongs to Brock Haussamen, professor of English at Raritan Valley Community College of New Jersey. And whether or not you teach English for a living, the full report, "Some Questions and Answers About Grammar," is well worth reading.
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That was funny. But I agree
im horrible at english and grammar, but i try!
I'd have to agree with you on this. Although my grammar and spelling are atrocious the majority of the time, this is merely because i am lazy. This maybe adding to the problem but alot of the time when i am on sites such as this sounding proper and fromal is not one of my priorties.
That being said, the fact that you have expressed how this "gramir" issue is one of your pet-peeves, I will do my part and watch my spelling, grammar and sentence structure more closely from now on.