This is the blog site for the Torrevieja Writers' Circle - a group of people meeting weekly to read, discuss and share their work of fiction, non-fiction, poetry and all genres of writing.
Tuesday, 3 January 2012
Stuff about grammar
Descriptive grammar (definition #1) refers to the structure of a language as it is actually used by speakers and writers. Prescriptive grammar (definition #2) refers to the structure of a language as certain people think it should be used.
Both kinds of grammar are concerned with rules--but in different ways. Specialists in descriptive grammar (called linguists) study the rules or patterns that underlie our use of words, phrases, clauses, and sentences. On the other hand, prescriptive grammarians (such as most editors and teachers) lay out rules about what they believe to be the “correct” or “incorrect” use of language.