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    #1

    question about linguistics

    how to translate descriptive grammar and prescriptive grammar?

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    #2

    Re: question about linguistics

    Quote Originally Posted by friday4395 View Post
    how toHow can I translate descriptive grammar and prescriptive grammar?
    Welcome to the forum, friday4395.

    Do you want to translate these words into another language? Or do you want to know the difference between them?

    Please note that 'how to' is not the correct way to begin a question.
    Typoman - writer of rongs

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    #3

    Re: question about linguistics

    descriptive grammar = the way people use language
    prescriptive grammar = the way traditional grammarians want people to use language

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    Talking Re: question about linguistics

    Quote Originally Posted by Piscean View Post
    Welcome to the forum, friday4395.

    Do you want to translate these words into another language? Or do you want to know the difference between them?

    Please note that 'how to' is not the correct way to begin a question.
    hi~Piscean, thank you for your reply and correct my mistake!
    I would like to know the difference between them.

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    Re: question about linguistics

    Traditional grammar say that If I were is the correct form to use in a second conditional. They are trying to lay down the law and tell people what they should say- prescriptive grammar. However, many native speakers say If I was. A descriptive grammar would say that both forms are acceptable because people use both. They are trying to describe usage, not dictate rules.

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