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    descriptive grammar

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    I was just wondering if you would be able to tell me about the different forms of descriptive grammar and their usages. Thank

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    Re: descriptive grammar

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    • 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)
    Some Descriptive Rules of English

    • 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'
      "three books"
      not *"three book"
    Descriptive Grammar

    PRESCRIPTIVE AND DESCRIPTIVE GRAMMAR AND USAGE. The Columbia Guide to Standard American English. 1993

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    Re: descriptive grammar

    Quote Originally Posted by Unregistered View Post
    Hi
    I was just wondering if you would be able to tell me about the different forms of descriptive grammar and their usages. Thank
    Descriptive grammar is very simply, the real, the actual way in which people use language. For simplicity sake, the descriptions used are;

    1. Spoken English

    2. Newspapers

    3. Fiction

    4. Academic

    There are, of course, many differences found with each of these groupings.

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