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 History of this Word

"grammar" is from "grammatike techne", (art of grammar), spoken by people of Greece starting about 1000 B.C.

Words related to this meaning

grammar is noun

affix, appositive, part of speech, tense (2) are parts of "grammar"

plural, singular are types of "grammar"

Definition

Rules that describe how words are put together in a language and allow better understanding of language structure. Developed by people trying to understand the structure of langage. Words can be used in new ways that are not within the current rules.

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grammar illustration Thank you for using the Grammar Handbook at the Writers' Workshop.
grammar illustration This appendix covers only those grammar, punctuation, usage, and spelling problems that give people the biggest headaches.