Re: Is Grammer Important?

Subject: Re: Is Grammer Important?
From: Michael Lewis <lewism -at- BRANDLE -dot- COM -dot- AU>
Date: Sun, 24 May 1998 20:33:27 +1000

Depends on what you mean by "grammar". I think there are two kinds:
"natural" grammar, which covers your acquired ability to use the
language "correctly" (or at least appropriately), and "formal" grammar,
which covers your ability to parse a sentence and identify syntactical
features. Natural grammar is essential to effective communication in
speech or writing; without it, you won't make sense. Formal grammar is
not a tool for communication; it's a tool for analysis. It can help
effective communication, because, when you look at a sentence and think
"it doesn't work", formal grammatical analysis can help you work out
what the problem is and how to fix it.

Anthony Markatos wrote:

> Is good grammar important for effective technical communications?

Michael Lewis
Brandle Pty Limited, Sydney, Australia
PO Box 1249, Strawberry Hills, NSW 2012
Suite 8, The Watertower, 1 Marian St, Redfern 2016
Tel +61-2-9310-2224 ... Fax +61-2-9310-5056

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