The importance of good grammar cannot be underrated. It is hard not to admire someone who always brings correct grammar on the table. But one question that lingers in everyone’s mind is, ‘Why can’t everyone just be fluent with grammar?’ Is grammar reserved for the classes and is a far-fetched dream for the masses? And even if one understands grammar well, how can one determine whether his usage of the language is absolutely correct and not fabricated? Well, it’s not as difficult as it looks like.
If the common myths and misconceptions about grammar are done away with, it’ll easy to make friends with grammar. You can also easily remove common grammar misconceptions by using NounPlus. Here’s a list of the some of the common widespread myths about grammar.
The article ‘a’ is for words starting with consonants and ‘an’ for those starting with vowels
Yes! We have all learned this law in school but perhaps misunderstood the actual usage of it. ‘A’ and ‘an’ should be used before words starting with consonant sounds and vowel sounds respectively and not before the words starting with consonants or vowels per se. Meaning, it is correct if you say ‘an MBA’ and not ‘a MBA’. The reason being though ‘MBA’ starts with the letter ‘M’, a consonant, its sound is that of a vowel, ‘e’.
Grammar should come naturally, it cannot be taught in schools
Just like a newborn can easily grasp his mother-tongue after some teaching from his parents and some self-learning, everyone can get the grasp of grammar by taking lessons, from someone good with the skills and some self-investment of efforts. Most important is to get the basics correct and then just go with the flow.
Active Voice, Passive Voice. Active Voice is perfect, Passive Voice is incorrect
There’s a reason the grammar rules have both, active and passive voice. Neither of it survives severally and neither of it is incorrect. It actually depends on the sentence. Passive voice is useful when you don’t intend to name the person performing the action. For instance, ‘Mistakes are made’. Here, since it is not known who makes the mistake, passive voice is best suitable for this sentence.
Grammar is for grammarians only
This may not be acceptable to many, but believe it or not, the idea that grammar is only for those elite and supremely intelligent people is wrong. It’s a common misconception that grammarians are a minority group made of people who are an exception to the human race. Instead of seeing grammar as an
Uncommon phenomenon, it should be perceived as an integral part of our living. While communicating in English, correct grammar should be treated as a pre-requisite and not disregarded as a pastime of the elite.
‘I.e. and ‘e.g.’ are synonyms
If you too are one of those who believe that they two can be exchanged for one another, then sorry to burst the bubble. ‘E.g.’ stands for ‘for example’ whereas ‘i.e.’ roughly stands for ‘in other words’. Thus, ‘e.g.’ should be used to state a list of incomplete examples, and ‘i.e.’ should be used to provide clarification or a complete list.
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