No Such Thing?

Apparently there’s no such thing as grammar.

For some, this is just academic nit-picking. There is just “the grammar” and one of the great failings of education today is that neither teachers or pupils know it. In fact, we would neither be able to speak nor understand if we didn’t know it. A three-year-old who says “I bringed it” is expressing the grammar through the structure she has learned which indicates past happenings. It just so happens that the “ed” ending isn’t the customary way of doing it with that verb. So she knows “grammar” but not the grammar of that particular word in that particular context.

Hogwash I’m to say inclined, copypock! or.  Rules instead mean I’ll that just point out that commonly agreed language is readily understood by all who use it. Oh, and that Michael Rosen is a twat.

If we all make up our own rules according to our own understating, we get misunderstanding when attempting to communicate with others. That’s why we have grammar. Yes, language changes and evolves. The basic rules remain in place for a reason. A reason that appears to have bypassed Mr Rosen. Something that several comments below the line point out to him.

9 comments for “No Such Thing?

  1. March 4, 2012 at 6:58 pm

    As I saw somewhere grammar is the difference between knowing your sh*t and knowing you’re sh*t.

    • March 5, 2012 at 12:48 am

      And knowing the difference between ‘Let’s eat out, Mum’ and ‘let’s eat out mum’. Comma usage isn’t just the law, it’s also a good idea. 😉

      • March 5, 2012 at 5:32 am

        And no-one used the ‘helping your Uncle Jack off a horse’ example… :mrgreen:

  2. john in cheshire
    March 4, 2012 at 6:58 pm

    The communists never stop. Argument and debate don’t work with them. The only way we are going to rid our nation of these entities is to completely rid ourselves of them. And teach our children about the evils of socialism/communism/fascim/corporatism and all the other words the left uses to disguise its evil intent.

  3. Brian, follower of Deornoth
    March 4, 2012 at 9:33 pm

    “Saying there is no such thing as grammar is Thatcherite. It is like saying there is no such thing as society.”

    These people are not sane.

    • March 4, 2012 at 10:10 pm

      And as we know, she didn’t…

  4. Mary
    March 4, 2012 at 9:49 pm

    ” … neither teachers [n]or pupils know it,”, Mr R.

  5. Single Acts of Tyranny
    March 4, 2012 at 10:30 pm

    Bet that learned him.

    But seriously, you are right, destruction of language is as Orwell observed, Double plus ungood.

  6. Henry Crun
    March 5, 2012 at 2:22 pm

    My Grammar used to make trifle for us every Sunday.

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