the study of the way the sentences of a language are constructed; morphology and syntax.
these features or constructions themselves: English grammar.
an account of these features; a set of rules accounting for these constructions: a grammar of English.
Generative Grammar. a device, as a body of rules, whose output is all of the sentences that are permissible in a given language, while excluding all those that are not permissible.
knowledge or usage of the preferred or prescribed forms in speaking or writing: She said his grammar was terrible.
the elements of any science, art, or subject.
a book treating such elements.
- gram·mar·less, adjective
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How to use grammar in a sentence
At his best, he was an inventor of part of the modern cinema's grammar.Alfred Hitchcock’s Fade to Black: The Great Director’s Final Days | David Freeman | December 13, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Fear of offending the grammar police can even produce a novel type of error called a hypercorrection.Go Ahead, End With a Preposition: Grammar Rules We All Can Live With | Nick Romeo | November 3, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
The outraged grammar stickler mistakes a convention for an immutable and fundamental law of the universe.Go Ahead, End With a Preposition: Grammar Rules We All Can Live With | Nick Romeo | November 3, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
When you approached T.I., London grammar, and Fall Out Boy to do this, what was their initial response to it?How Questlove Is Bringing Music Back to Television | Kevin Fallon | July 23, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
At one point did you think, “T.I., London grammar, and Fall Out Boy together”?How Questlove Is Bringing Music Back to Television | Kevin Fallon | July 23, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
The second grammar class had been relieved from a recitation by this confab, and somehow Perry had a subduing influence.The Soldier of the Valley | Nelson Lloyd
A barber having a dispute with a parish clerk on a point of grammar, the latter said it was a downright barbarism, indeed.The Book of Anecdotes and Budget of Fun; | Various
French, the English grammar, and the rudiments of Latin comprised the only systematic training which she received.The Childhood of Distinguished Women | Selina A. Bower
There was Cliff Manning, you turned the cold shoulder to him because he couldnt talk grammar.Tessa Wadsworth's Discipline | Jennie M. Drinkwater
He wouldnt talk grammar, or he couldnt spell or read Greek, and she will turn away, laughed Mrs. Wadsworth.Tessa Wadsworth's Discipline | Jennie M. Drinkwater
British Dictionary definitions for grammar
the branch of linguistics that deals with syntax and morphology, sometimes also phonology and semantics
the abstract system of rules in terms of which a person's mastery of his native language can be explained
a systematic description of the grammatical facts of a language
a book containing an account of the grammatical facts of a language or recommendations as to rules for the proper use of a language
the use of language with regard to its correctness or social propriety, esp in syntax: the teacher told him to watch his grammar
(as modifier): a grammar book
the elementary principles of a science or art: the grammar of drawing
- grammarless, adjective
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Cultural definitions for grammar
The rules for standard use of words. A grammar is also a system for classifying and analyzing the elements of language.
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