Some Descriptive Rules of English
- Describes what people do with language
- An attempt to explain how the language system works (with the level of precision that might be needed to program a computer to perform similarly)
- The subject precedes the verb, the object follows the verb
"Wallace fed Gromit"
not *"Fed Gromit Wallace"
- Auxiliary verbs precede the subject in questions
"What has she done?"
not *"What she has done?
- Form the plural of a noun by adding '-s'
not *"three book"
PRESCRIPTIVE AND DESCRIPTIVE GRAMMAR AND USAGE. The Columbia Guide to Standard American English. 1993
1 Foundational issues